Selection Criteria

The Crystal Awards honor individuals, businesses and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing. Crystal Award recipients are dedicated to enhancing the East Lansing community. They demonstrate a passion and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others.

Guiding Selection Criteria
Awards will be given in two categories, including community and business. Recipients must possess some of the following attributes and ideals:
  • dedicates a significant amount of volunteer time to projects/programs
  • demonstrates a passion and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community in East Lansing
  • diversifies the economic base of East Lansing
  • enhances the character and vision of the community
  • exemplifies exceptional commitment, service, creativity, cooperation, innovation or leadership
  • exemplifies the spirit of a good citizen or business
  • goes above and beyond the scope of their role to enhance and/or support East Lansing
  • has initiated a new service or program in East Lansing
  • inspires others to engage in community service
  • makes a significant contribution to a project, program or ongoing activity that has impacted the quality of life in East Lansing
  • provides leadership and/or opportunities for collaboration
  • serves as a role model
  • serves a vital role that is not otherwise fulfilled in the community
 Other Criteria
  • Current city employees are not eligible.
  • Previous Crystal Awards winners are not eligible.