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KOB searching for environmental efforts to reward

Nonprofit searching for environmental efforts to reward

Shawnee News Star
By Ben Luschen
Posted Jul. 18, 2014 @ 7:45 am

A local organization is looking for people and groups who display a passion for protecting our environment and helping the state stay grand.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that enables citizens to improve their community and natural surroundings, is seeking nominees for their 24th annual Environmental Excellence awards banquet.

Schools, businesses, government agencies and other groups are all eligible to enter. Applications must be received by September 12.

Megan Moran, projects coordinator at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, said potential high-quality applicants sometimes fall through the cracks.

“The individuals out there getting their hands dirty don’t do it for an award and often times will not nominate themselves,” Moran said.

Those invited by the nonprofit to the awards banquet, can expect an elegant and uplifting evening, Moran said.

“We like to tell people to imagine the Academy Awards for environmental excellence,” she said. “The event is full of fun and wonderfully inspiring stories about Oklahomans being Oklahomans.”

The Beautification and Enhancement Committee of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce is the local Keep Oklahoma Beautiful affiliate.

The committee sponsors educational programs throughout the year and raises money for city park beautification.

The Beautification and Enhancement Committee has only recently become a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful affiliate. Tom Terry, chairman of the committee, said their membership “will provide opportunities for committee members to attend state conferences dealing with the kinds of beautification efforts that all cities face.”

Along with affiliation also comes the opportunity to apply for certain environmental and beautification grants.

Terry said the committee has received recognition from the Environmental Excellence awards in the past. Other Shawnee-area organizations that have been honored in previous years include the Shawnee Council of Garden Clubs, the OBU Student Government Association, the City of Shawnee and most recently the Multi-County Master Gardeners.

“I have usually nominated a project every year since this program began and have been successful a number of times, almost always getting into the top three but not always winning the award in that category,” he said.

Terry said he is working on a nomination for this year as well.

The committee leads a volunteer group that helps with downtown landscaping efforts the Saturday after the second Thursday of each month, with August 16 being the next scheduled meeting. The group meets at about 8 am at 9th Street and Bell Avenue.

Moran said she hopes the Environmental Excellence awards continue to be a source of motivation not only for Pottawatomie County, but statewide.

“We always hope that this competition inspires individuals or groups to be involved in their community and work to receive an award at our banquet,” she said.

Read more: http://www.news-star.com/article/20140718/News/140719742#ixzz3888Z2IWm

The awards banquet will be November 20 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Jay Gamble wrote:
I believe that the grass roots efforts to collect rainwater for different purposes is essential to our survival. From the beginning of recorded time, people have collected water for their own use. When communities incorporate rainwater with an aquaponic growing system food production is unmatched in any viable arena. I believe we should be harvesting this natural resource just like oil , gas, wind power and the like. When we collect inert soft water for storage and utilization we all win. In times of the past, many civilizations acknowledged and benefitted from its use. Aquaponics uses the fish water and fertilization elements to feed plants. Plants in turn filter the water and both benefit in a very short period of time. In turn, we eat the plants as humans do, refuse can also be utilized as a totally sustainable cycle of life. I don't understand the current attitude that we own the earth. I disagree totally with this belief. The Earth owns us and we are subject to its power and magnitude. Thank you for the opportunity to express my belief in rainwater harvesting.

07/30/2014 @ 10:06 PM

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