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2000 - Exceptional Merit Awards - Environmental Improvement - Richard Chapman

Everyone who knows Richard Chapman says the one word to describe him would have to be positive. This positive attitude has helped him bring public sector and non-profit organizations together to promote the good environmental programs in our state. He brought the Weyerhaeuser “Excellence in Recycling” Awards Program to Oklahoma, and the awards ceremony he developed has been used as a model in other states. Perhaps most importantly, Chapman has been an integral part of local efforts in Idabel to clean-up, promote, and maintain Kimbro Plaza as a public-friendly focal point for the city. His positive attitude and enthusiasm were key in rounding up volunteers to clean the plaza, and he also put his hands in the dirt when it was time to plant flowers and shrubs. He developed the Chalk Challenge, an annual event for adults and children to express their artistic skills in chalk on the Kimbro sidewalks. RICHARD CHAPMAN IS POSITIVELY GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S ENVIRONMENT!