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Celebration Announced to Honor Statewide Environmental Excellence

 

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) has announced five award winners to be honored at the 25th Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration.

As a statewide non-profit, KOB recognizes individuals, communities and businesses each year that are making a difference in Oklahoma. Awards will be given in several categories on November 30th at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, but five distinguished Board of Director awards are given annually recognizing major environmental efforts.

The prestigious Visionary Leadership award will be given to City of Norman’s Compost Facility. This award is given to a group with a unique view for environmental or community improvement and has inspired others to emulate or adopt that same philosophy. This facility is considered to be Oklahoma’s first to offer compost drop-off. The facility receives an average of 8.5 to 15 tons per year and this service is free to Norman residents.

Covanta will receive the Towering Spirit award, which is given to recognize an effort that has gained far-reaching impact, for their efforts in tandem with Locke Supply of Oklahoma, Product Stewardship Institute, Inc., Thermostat Recycling Corporation and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Together they partnered to execute a free statewide program to recycle mercury thermostats.

“We’re thrilled to have Covanta among our award winners again this year,” Megan Moran, KOB’s Projects Coordinator said. “It’s going to be a very inspirational night. Each award winner and finalist has been doing things to keep Oklahoma beautiful- that’s something we can all stand behind.”

The Vanguard award is given to recognize a group for embracing cutting-edge technologies and concepts in support of a sustainable planet, this honor will be given to the Envia collaboration. Envia Energy is a joint venture between Waste Management, Inc., NRG Energy, Inc., Ventech Engineers International, LLC., Velocys PLC, formed in March 2014 to develop a series of GTL plants in the United States. Gas to Liquid or GTL plants produce renewable ultra clean fuels and chemicals from a combination of landfill gas and natural gas.

KOB’s Champion Volunteer award recognizes a person who shows a record of at least 10 years of consistently going beyond the scope of their job to provide community and statewide environmental improvements as they relate to the mission of KOB. Pamela Husky of Team Up to Clean Up Eufaula meets the definition of that volunteer. Her efforts in and around Eufaula have changed the face of the lake and surrounding communities.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to local tree lover, David Yost. This award is given to a person for a body of work spanning at least 25 years that has shown outstanding achievements in leadership, environmental stewardship and efforts that have produced obvious improvements to Oklahoma’s environment. Since beginning his own tree farm in 1984, David Yost has planted more than 190,000 trees on public and private land throughout central Oklahoma.

Awards finalists in other categories will be recognized at the event. A few of the previous recipients of these board awards include, Governor Mary Fallin, David Boren, Pendleton Woods, Stanley Draper Jr., Ed Fite, Michael Patton, Fenton Rood and Pearl Garrison.

Tickets to attend the event can be purchased online through KOB’s website beginning September 1, 2015. The event will begin with a reception and fundraiser at 5:30 pm. The dinner and awards presentation will follow. Join KOB as they celebrate 50 Years of Doing and 25 Years of Recognizing Those Who Do It.

This year Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is celebrating 50 years as a statewide nonprofit with a mission is to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state's natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.

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