Announcing the Environmental Excellence Winners!

Queen Bri's Honey Farm and Bee Removal, winners of the Business category

Queen Bri's Honey Farm and Bee Removal, winners of the Business category

Sat., November 18, people from all over Oklahoma joined together to celebrate environmental excellence across the state.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful hosted its 27th Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration at the Embassy Suites in Norman. This event celebrates the work of governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals doing their part to keep Oklahoma beautiful.

We are proud to announce this year's Board Commendation Award Winners and the Environmental Excellence Competition Award Winners. All finalists and winners were recognized at Saturday’s event, which nearly 600 guests attended.

Congratulations to these award winners for their inspiring efforts!

BOARD COMMENDATION WINNERS

Towering Spirit
Margaret Annis Boys Trust

Visionary Leadership
Sustainable Tulsa

Vanguard Award
American Waste Control

Champion Volunteer
Donna Mackiewicz

Lifetime Achievement
Regina Turrentine


ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE COMPETITION WINNERS

Affiliate Champions
Suzy Meibergen – Keep Enid Beautiful
Janice Sappington – Ardmore Beautification Council
Patricia Hardy – Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative

Patty Daniel – Team Up to Clean Up

Youth Achievement
McAlester High School Student Council

K-12 Education
Durant Intermediate School Green Team

Collegiate Effort
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Upward Bound

Government Programs, Service Population < 40,000
Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative

Government Programs, Service Population > 40,000
City of Midwest City

State Government Programs
Grand River Dam Authority

Law Enforcement Individual
Deputy Jacob Briggs

Law Enforcement Program
ODEQ Criminal Investigations Unit

Business
Queen Bri’s Honey Farm and Bee Removal

Fresh Paint Days – Best Visual Impact
Collinsville Downtown, Inc.

UnCapped
Lorrie Buettner’s 5th Grade – Cashion Elementary

Do Your Art
Elizabeth Callicoat’s 8th Grade – Durant Middle School

OGE GAC Innovation
Adair Co. Trash Off

ODOT TRASH-OFF Rookie Award
Garber 4-H

ODOT TRASH-OFF Best Overall
Team Up to Clean Up

GAC Overall Achievement
Durant Area Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofits, Service Population Under 15,000
Wagoner Switch District

Nonprofits, Service Population 15,001-40,000
Pride in McAlester

Nonprofits, Service Population >40,000
Special Care

Volunteer Community Group
Blue River Fly Fishers

Team Builders
Martin Park Nature Center Revitalization: OK Forestry Services, OKC Beautiful, Warren CAT, P&K Equipment, OKC Parks and Recreation, Premier Truck Group, Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority, OKC Community Foundation

Affiliate of the Year
Okeene Historic Preservation Group

Best of the Environmental Best
Durant Intermediate School Green Team

Participants in the Martin Park Nature Revitalization Project, winners of the Team Builder category.

Participants in the Martin Park Nature Revitalization Project, winners of the Team Builder category.

For 27 years, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful has been recognizing Oklahomans who support the mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state's natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment. 

"Here at KOB we are about communities, not profit,” said Jeanette Nance, Executive Director of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. “When disconnected people come together as a community with a cause, we change the face of our Oklahoma. I absolutely love this event where we can honor so many deserving groups for the good they do all across Oklahoma."

See more photos of event!