2016 Environmental Excellence Winners are Announced!

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is proud to announce this year's Board Commendation Award Winners and the Environmental Excellence Competition Award Winners. All finalists and winners were recognized at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on November 17, 2016. Congratulations to these award winners for their inspiring efforts!

Board Commendation Winners

Towering Spirit
Latta High School FFA

Visionary Leadership
Global Gardens

Vanguard Award
OGE Energy Corp

Champion Volunteer
Dixie Harper

Lifetime Achievement
Tom Terry


Environmental Excellence Competition Winners

Affiliate Champions
Chris Coager
Andrew Sartain
Melissa Walker
Rick Miller
Sharon Atcheson

Youth Achievement
Okeene FFA Chapter

K-12 Education
Earth Day: Celebrate CommUNITY

Collegiate Effort
Russell Gaskamp of OPSU

Government Programs – Green Space
City of Oklahoma City – Strong Neighborhood Initiative

Government Programs – Green Place
City of Owasso

Team Builders
OKC Beautiful, Downtown OKC, OKC Office of Sustainability

Government Programs – Clean Up
City of Comanche

Law Enforcement Individual
Sheriff Charlie Dougherty

Law Enforcement Program
Pittsburg Co. Drug Court

Business
JCPenney - Enid

Best Visual Impact – Fresh Paint Days
Cheyenne High School BPA

UnCapped
Lorrie Buettner’s 5th Grade – Cashion Elementary

Do Your Art
Martha Peters’ 7th Grade – St. Joseph Catholic School

OGE GAC Innovation
Town of Fargo

Affiliate of the Year
Pryor Main Street, Inc.

ODOT Trash Off Rookie Award
City of Cushing - Cushing Pride

ODOT Trash Off Best Overall
Operation Clean House

GAC Achievement
Town of Reydon

Nonprofits, Service Population Under 15,000
Twin Cities Revitalization Project

Nonprofits, Service Population 15,000-40,000
McAlester Main Street

Nonprofits, Service Population >40,000
Up With Trees

Volunteer Community Group
Urban Soul – Xtreme Youth Ministries

Best of the Environmental Best
Earth Day: Celebrate Community

For 26 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. 

As stated by KOB Executive Director Jeanette Nance, "Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards is our time to recognize good works and accomplishments from all across our great state. It is the time that our affiliates, partnering communities, individuals and corporations can be spotlighted for their efforts to help us keep a more beautiful Oklahoma. This time is always so special because we can recognize small communities, large communities as well as people young and old who share our passion to keep Oklahoma’s beauty running deep! We absolutely love this chance to say thank you for all you do!"