December 4, 2018 - Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma citizens with a passion for their communities joined together at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s 28th Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration last Friday, November 30th at the Hilton Garden Inn & Edmond Conference Center. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB), a statewide nonprofit recognizes Oklahomans doing their part to help preserve the beauty and sustainability of this state.
This year, over 37 individuals, communities, businesses, municipalities, state agencies and more from across the state were recognized for their work in the past year. The Keep Oklahoma Board selected six individuals or groups as recipients of the prestigious board commendation awards.
This year’s recipients were as follows: Sara Hill with Cherokee Nation for the Towering Spirit Award. Chickasaw Reuse Center for Visionary Leadership. Francis Solar Systems – Tulsa for the Vanguard Award. Karen Chapman, with Blue Thumb for the Champion Volunteer Award. Tom Creider, Program Manager of Oklahoma State Parks for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Last but not least, our new Environmental Advocate Award for American Waste, Waste Connections and Waste Management.
Each 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 Oklahoma. I absolutely love this event where we can honor so many deserving individuals and groups for the good they do all across our state.”
Finalists for the Environmental Excellence Competition showed exceptional work in the following areas: education, conservation, beautification, sustainability practices, nonprofit efforts, youth leadership, litter prevention, and more.
The winners in those categories included:
Kay Watson - Ardmore Beautification Council
Chuck Ralls - City of Comanche
Ony Russell - Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative
Nathan Pickard - Up With Trees
Stephanie Giacomo - Pride in McAlester
Youth Achievement Award:
Boy Scout Troop #169
Will Rogers Elementary
Oklahoma State University
Sara Hill - Cherokee Nation
Government Programs – Municipality
City of Oklahoma City - Shine
Law Enforcement Individual
Deputy Don Hudgins, Logan County Sheriff’s Office
Law Enforcement Program
Logan County Commissioners
Michelin of North America
Chickasaw Nation Reuse Center
Best Visual Impact FPD
Town of Wellston
Mercy School - Ms. Dabboussi’s class - 5th Grade
Eisenhower Middle School - Ms. Berry’s class - 8th Grade
Environmental Advocate Award
American Waste Control
Durant Area Chamber
City of Lawton
ODOT - Trash Off - Best Overall
City of Pauls Valley
Phoenix Circle Foundation
South Central Industries
Francis Solar Systems-Tulsa
Volunteer Community Group
Ardmore Clean Team
OK Tree Bank Foundation
Best of the Best
Deputy Don Hudgins
Winners in the various award categories were announced the night of banquet.
Shanon Philips, the President of KOB said, “the finalists and winners recognized at this event are an inspiration to all of us, proving that everyone can do their part to make the world a better place.” Join KOB in recognizing these outstanding Oklahomans!
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment. For more information about KOB, visit: keepoklahomabeautiful.com