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Honorees & Finalist

2023 Board Award Winners:

Lifetime Achievement

 Lisa Synar of OKC Beautiful

Vanguard Award 

East Oak WM Renewable Natural Gas Plant

Gail Ederer - Champion Volunteer 

Barbara Santee of Ardmore Beautification Council

Education Towering Spirit 

Broncho Bites Food Recovery Program

Community Towering Spirit

Lillian Timber Farms

Visionary Leadership

Oklahoma Conservation Commission Blue Thumb Program

2023 Environmental Excellence Celebration Finalist: 

Affiliate Champions (ALL are winners!)

Jack and Judy Riley of Ardmore, OK

Jeri Fleming of GRDA

Jeff Cannon, of Owasso, OK

Kevin Norwood, of Owasso, OK

Ava Foraker, of Comanche, OK

Barbara Tims, of Altus, OK

Commissioner BJ Roberson, of Cushing, OK

MaryJac Rauh, of Okeene Historic Preservation Group

Julia Rogers, of Broken Arrow, OK

Leslie Phillips, of Eufaula

Youth Achievement Award - Individual

Reed Marcum of McAlester, OK

Jaxon Scott Bell of Drumright, OK

Youth Achievement Award - Group

Girl Scout Troop 7094 of Broken Arrow, OK

Educators - Institutions

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

East Central University

Educators - Group

Charles Page Football Team

Government Programs - Municipality <25,000

City of Anadarko

City of Watonga

City of Stroud

Government Programs - Municipality >25,000

City of Midwest City Household Hazardous Waste Facility

City of Owasso

City of McAlester

Government Programs - State

Oklahoma Water Resources Board - Lone Grove Project

Oklahoma Department of Transportation - Monarch Program

Grand River Dam Authority 

Government Programs - Tribal

Tribal Alliance for Pollinators

The Cherokee Nation

Law Enforcement

Don Hudgins - Cleveland County Sheriff's Office


Legacy Energy Consultants

Pepsi Beverages North America

The Home Depot #3919 - Sharon Switzer

Solar Power of Oklahoma

Farm Hippie Community Inc.

Non-Profits <40,000

Create Ardmore - Julie Longest

Yukon 66 Main Street

Non-Profits >40,000

Oklahoma City Beautiful

University Lutheran Church Student Center

Tulsa Garden Club

The Metropolitan Environmental Trust

Great American Cleanup (GAC) Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Trash Off-Rookie

Johnston County Chamber of Commerce & Tishomingo Development Team

City of Miami

City of Morrison

Town of Davenport

GAC ODOT Trash Off-Best Overall

City of Duncan DETA (Duncan Environmental Trust Authority)

Cushing Pride

Keep Bixby Beautiful 

City of Davis

GAC OG&E Innovation Start-Up Award

Guthrie 4-H

Justice Public Schools

Canute Preservation & Restoration

GAC OG&E Innovation Growth Award

City of Muskogee

Apache Tribe

Grove Elementary

Town of Fargo

Best Overall GAC Affiliate Event 

Team Up To CleanUp Eufaula

City of Midwest City

Keep McAlester Beautiful

Team Builders - Non-Profit/Volunteer

Crow Creek Community, in collaboration with...

-Tulsa County Conservation

-City of Tulsa

-Tulsa Zoo

-Oklahoma Conservation Commission

-Blue Thumb Water Quality Education Program

-Metropolitan Environmental Trust (The M.e.t.)

-Philbrook Museum

-Tulsa Garden Center

-Eliot Elementary

-Discovery Lab

Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful, in collaboration with...

-City of Broken Arrow

-The M.e.t.

Oklahoma City Beautiful, in collaboration with...

-Love, Tito's and Southern Glazers

-OKC Parks & Rec

Kingfisher Trails, in collaboration with...

-Kingfisher Rotary

-Emmanuel Lutheran Church

-Kingfisher Tree Board

Team Builders - State/Tribal

The City of Midwest City, in collaboration with...

-Republic Services

The City of Newcastle, in collaboration with...

-Chickasaw Nation

-Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

-Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics

-Oklahoma Turnpike Authority


Chickasaw Nation, in collaboration with...

-Bluebonnet Feed Mills

-Westheimer Family Foundation

-Ardmore Beautification Council

-Anchor Paint

-Dr. Bob Palmer-Palmer Studios

To learn more about the Environmental Excellence Celebration, click here.