PublicCEO isn’t giving out the only awards this week. And instead of an award, we offer our congratulations to Chula Vista City Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan, who has been named Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly.

While multiple women receive the honor each year, Councilwoman Bensoussan’s efforts for both environmental and economic sustainability have more than made her deserving of this honor.

Now in her third year as a council member, Bensoussan has made a name for herself with her successes with the Chula Vista Nature Center, which went from a city-funded program to a full-fledged non-profit.

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Chula Vista City Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan has been honored as a Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly.

Born and raised in Chula Vista, Bensoussan was elected to the City Council in November 2008. Since then, she has worked to form the council’s Nature Center Subcommittee and is credited with helping to transform the Chula Vista Nature Center from a city-funded program into a self-sustaining nonprofit.

In December 2010, she won theICLEI Local Elected OfficialSustainability Leadership Award and was recognized for her efforts to promote local sustainability and for being a champion of the environment.

Read the full article here.