Read about the 2016 Board Award Winners!
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Board of Directors announces the 2016 winner of their Life Time Achievement Award as Tom Terry of Shawnee, OK. This prestigious Board of Directors award is presented to an individual for a body of work spanning at least 25 years which has shown outstanding achievements in leadership, environmental stewardship and efforts that have produced obvious improvements, enhancements and preservation of Oklahoma’s beautiful environment. Tom truly is the epitome of a man who has beautified Oklahoma, working daily to do more for his community and state. Tom is a charter member of the Multi-County Master Gardner’s Association serving Pottawatomie, Lincoln and Seminole counties. Tom is also active in other organizations such as the Pottawatomie County Historical Society, Downtown Shawnee Beautification Committee, Rose/Garden Clubs and is active with Friends of the Library. Tom works with Oklahoma Baptist University to involve students in community service projects. Tom is the contact person for the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Affiliate-Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Beautification & Enhancement Committee.
Champion Volunteer Award
The Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Board of Directors announces the 2016 winner of their Champion Volunteer Award as Dixie Harper, of Ardmore, OK. This prestigious Board of Directors award is presented to an individual who has spent in excess of 10 years consistently going beyond the scope of his or her job to provide community improvement as it relates to the mission of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. This person operates clearly out of devotion and commitment as a true volunteer that ‘walks the walk,’ donating personal time and resources to one or more causes supporting Oklahoma’s environmental improvement, sustainability, and beautification. Dixie has most certainly filled that role, serving the Ardmore Beautification Council for over 25 years. Dixie developed the Daffodil Award to recognize efforts of individuals and businesses in their landscaping efforts. Dixie was also instrumental in establishing the process and completion of eight beautiful “Welcome to Ardmore” signs.
Towering Spirit Award
The Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Board of Directors announces the 2016 winner of their Towering Spirit Award, Latta High School FFA in Ada, OK. This prestigious Board of Directors award is presented to an organization upholding the mission of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful in a unique way, garnering public acclaim and having a far-reaching positive impact on their community and the state of Oklahoma. The LHS-FFA focused on water conservation starting a rainwater harvesting project in 2015. The group began by harvesting the rainwater off the baseball and softball fields. This project has grown to the inclusion of a new aquaponics system, using the rainwater they collect to help grow herbs for their school’s lunchroom. The students didn’t stop there; they host presentations for the community teaching others how to harvest their rainwater for positive use.
Visionary Leadership Award
The Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Board of Directors announces the 2016 winner of their Visionary Leadership Award to Global Gardens of Tulsa, OK. This prestigious award is presented to an organization with a unique view for environmental or community improvement which has inspired others to emulate or adopt that philosophy. Global Gardens has developed a program to empower students in low-income communities to be agents of change in their own communities through hands on science and peace education. Global Gardens believes that helping students create a garden is a way to assist them in learning about science, health and the environment brings positive change to communities. Together students grow, harvest and prepare organic produce, increasing their personal knowledge as well as their peers about healthy food and eating habits.
The Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Board of Directors announces the 2016 winner of their Vanguard Award as OGE Energy Corporation, in Oklahoma City, OK. This prestigious Board of Directors award is presented to an organization that embraces cutting edge technologies and concepts in support of a sustainable planet. OGE Energy Corp. recognizing a growing national trend and is leading the way in responsible adoption of solar technology in Oklahoma. After installing two solar farms with a generating capacity equivalent of powering 500 homes (2.5MW). The valuable insight gathered has helped in the deployment and operation of utility-scale solar power regarding grid safety, maintenance and reliability. These solar farms are located south of the Mustang Power Plant and in Oklahoma City; both were powered in 2015.
Posted on 09/19/2016
by Natalie Evans