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On Wednesday, Feb. 27, five distinguished regional projects will be recognized for their significant achievement and outstanding stewardship at the Eighth Annual Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards Luncheon.

Civic leaders, development professionals, planners and community members will gather at the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors headquarters at 1826 Sir Tyler Drive to honor award recipients and the people who created the stewardship program more than eight years ago.

The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Award Program honors residential, commercial and public development projects in Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover counties that demonstrated outstanding environmental stewardship through the protection, conservation, improvement and awareness of our natural resources.

“Every year we are seeing a wide variety of projects include environmentally friendly techniques in their design and construction. From schools, hospitals and apartment buildings to fire stations and parking decks, it’s really quite amazing how green building and smart site planning are being considered and used more and more. ” Dr. Mark Imperial, Chair of the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Award Program and Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said.

Imperial said this year’s awards ceremony will also give special recognition to the people who had the vision and commitment to create the Stewardship Award Program in 2004.

The event will kick off with an education workshop featuring presentations and interactive conversations on smart site planning, native landscaping and collaborating for sustainable and successful development projects.

Engineers, surveyors, and planners are eligible to receive up to three professional development or continuing education credits for participating in the event.

The workshop will take place 8-11:30 a.m., and will include presentations from Steve Thomas, URS Corporation; Sara Burroughs, SageDesign; and Shawn Ralston, New Hanover County Planning.

The luncheon will begin after the education session at noon.

The education session is free with the purchase of a luncheon ticket. Tickets are $25 and registration can be completed online at

To read more about Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition and its efforts to promote environmental stewardship, or to register for the awards luncheon, visit