Ceres and Trillium Asset Management Corp. are inviting nominations for the second-annual Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets.

Nominations for the 2009 Bavaria Awards are being accepted via the Ceres Web site (www.ceres.org/bavaria_awards). The deadline for submitting nominations is February 27.

The two organizations established the awards program in 2008 to honor Bavaria, the founder of Ceres, Trillium, and the Social Investment Forum whose vision and humanity helped catalyze change in the capital markets towards social and environmental responsibility. In November 2008, Joan Bavaria passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer.

"Joan was one of my heroes, a visionary who's done an extraordinary job at both laying out a vision for changing the world, and at making that vision become reality. The Bavaria Awards celebrate those who are following her grand vision of integrating sustainability into the capital markets for the health of the planet and its people," said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres.

Ceres and Trillium annually present two awards-an Impact Award for a specific achievement resulting in lasting change, and an Innovation Award for recent work with the potential to catalyze future change. The awards were launched in 2008 to recognize investors, corporations, and NGOs that have helped move the capital markets from a system focused on short-term profits toward one that balances financial prosperity with social and environmental well being.

In 2008, the Enhanced Analytics Initiative-an international collaboration between asset owners and asset managers aimed at encouraging holistic investment research-won the Bavaria Award for Impact. The sustainable MBA pioneer Bainbridge Graduate Institute received the 2008 Bavaria Award for Innovation.

For more information or to submit a nomination for the awards, please visit www.ceres.org/bavaria_awards, or contact Scott Kleiman at [email protected] or 617-247-0700 x142.