Oklahoma citizens with a passion for their communities will converge at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s 27th Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration on Sat., Nov. 18 at the Embassy Suites in Norman.
Every year, KOB recognizes Oklahomans doing their part to help preserve the beauty and sustainability of this state. This year, over 60 individuals, communities, businesses, municipalities, state agencies and more from across the state will be recognized for their work in the past year.
KOB hosts the Environmental Excellence Competition, where the public nominates groups and individuals for their efforts to benefit Oklahoma. The nominations are presented to a panel of guest judges from the community, who determine finalists in various different categories.
"Here at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful 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."
Finalists for the Environmental Excellence Competition showed exceptional work in the following areas and more: education, conservation, beautification, sustainability practices, nonprofit efforts, youth leadership, litter prevention, and more.
Winners in the various award categories will be announced the night of banquet. Finalists are listed below.
“This event is inspiring and heart-warming,” said KOB Board President Fenton Rood. “It always increases my pride in the wonderful people who help make this such a great state.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased online here. The event will begin with a reception and fundraiser at 5:00 p.m. Dinner and awards will follow.
Join KOB in recognizing these outstanding Oklahomans!
2017 Environmental Excellence
- Patty Daniel of Team Up to Clean Up
- Suzy Meibergen of Keep Enid Beautiful
- Patricia Hardy of Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative
- Janice Sappington of Ardmore Beautification Council
Affiliate of the Year
- Neighborhood Solutions
- Okeene Historic Preservation Group
- Keep Enid Beautiful
- Ardmore Beautification Council
- Durant Intermediate School Green Team
- Edmond Doyle Elementary School
- Will Rogers Elementary School
- Tushka High School
KOB Youth Award
- Beyond the Classroom's Rhodes and Drue Molenda and Boston Carter
- McAlester High School Student Council
- Newkirk Junior Main Street
- Okeene 4-H Club
- Jacob Briggs with Canadian Co. Sheriff’s Office
- OK Dept. of Environmental Quality Criminal Investigations Unit
Municipality < 40,000 Population
- City of Collinsville
- Muskogee Municipal Authority
- Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative
- City of Comanche
Municipality > 40,000 Population
- City of Midwest City
- City of Norman Utilities Department
- City of Norman Environmental Control Advisory Board
- City of Tulsa Household Pollutant Collection Facility
Great american cleanup awards
- Durant Area Chamber of Commerce
- Team Up to Clean Up
- Garber 4-H
- City of Grove
- Enid 4-H
- Adair Co. Trash Off
- Wagoner switch District Main St.
- Ardmore Beautification Council
- Pride in McAlester
- Up With Trees
- Community Market of Pottawatomie County
- Special Care
- The Nature Conservancy
Volunteer Community Group
- Ardmore Clean Team
- - Blue River Fly Fishers
- - Hennessey Girl Scouts Troop #739
- - Lake McMurtry Friends
- Twin Cities Revitalization Project (Participating groups include Dolese Equipment, Pittsburg Co. District 1, Nimrod Construction, Twin Cities Ready Mix, Harris Construction, Sherwin Williams and Allied Waste).
- Crow Creek Revitalization (Participating groups include City of Tulsa, Tulsa Co. Conservation District, The M.e.t. and OK Conservation Commission).
- Ignite McAlester Bicycle Refurbishing (Participating groups include Ignite McAlester, City of McAlester, Boys and Girls Club of McAlester, Pittsburg Co. Health Dept., Rotary Club of McAlester, McAlester Masons, Choctaw Nation Youth Advisory Board).
- Martin Park Nature Center Revitalization Project (Participating groups include OK Forestry Services, OKC Beautiful, P&K Equipment, Premier Trucking, OKC Community Foundation, WarrenCAT and OKC Parks and Recreation).
- Republic Services
- Queen Bri's Honey Farm & Bee Removal
- University of Central Oklahoma
- OPSU Upward Bound
- OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
- Grand River Dam Authority
- Oklahoma Department of Transportation & Oklahoma Conservation Commission