The city of Echo received a 3-bloom rating out of a possible five blooms and special recognition for its environmental efforts during the 2016 America in Bloom National Awards Program.
The announcement was made Oct. 8 at the annual awards held in Arroyo Grande, California. In addition to its 2016 honors, Echo has an impressive history of past successes with America in Bloom, winning its population category three times, said Laura Kunkle, America in Bloom executive director.
All participants were evaluated on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas and floral displays. In addition, they were judged on community involvement across municipal, residential and commercial sectors.
America in Bloom is the only national awards program that sends specially trained judges to personally visit participants. In addition, each participant receives a detailed written evaluation that can be used as a guide to future improvements.
To date, 250 communities from 41 states have participated in the program and more than 22 million people have been touched by it. Registration for the 2017 national awards program can be submitted until Feb. 28, 2017. Eligible participants include towns, cities, college and university campuses, business districts, military installations, and recognized neighborhoods of large cities.
For more information, visit www.americainbloom.org.