Environmental Community Awards

Annual Environmental Community Awards
The annual Environmental Community Awards celebration recognizes outstanding environmental leadership and achievement by honoring businesses, non-profits, schools, and individuals with the Environmental Star of Excellence award. Submitted projects, programs, or services are judged from May to May and must positively benefit the Plano community and its environment.

2013 - 14 Awards
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2013 Plano Environmental Community Award Winners
Environmental School Awards
Clean Campus Award – Beverly Elementary School
"Be the Change." Beverly's Eco Club champions litter prevention and maintaining a clean campus. In addition to organizing litter cleanups, students recycle, and garden and host reuse collection drives. Their efforts beautify school grounds and connect with the neighboring community.

Outstanding Campus Beautification Award – Shepard Elementary School
Shepard's after-school student group, Earthsavers, cleaned up overgrown gardens, removed a dead tree, planted a memorial Japanese maple, and installed self-watering planters. Students learned about soil, rocks and mulch, and proudly contributed to enhance the school's entrance with flowering bushes and plants.

Environmental Star of Excellence Business Awards
Organic Recycling - Pepsico
When senior management at PepsiCo instituted changes as bold as Doritos to its organic recycling efforts, it yielded dramatic results. Disposable to-go food service items were replaced with compostable counterparts. Senior leadership commitment, employee education and facilities, and cafeteria partnerships resulted in diverting over 61 tons of organics since October 2012.

Single-Stream Recycling – Harley Davidson Financial Services, Inc.
Through its annual Earth Week; highlighting reduce, reuse and recycle, repurpose and recruit; to its Show the Earth Your Love events; employees remain informed and enthused, keeping the company on its sustainability track. Waste diversion and employee engagement rev up recycling success.

Multi-Family Community – Avalon at Chase Oaks
When community manager, Angela Anderson, introduced recycling to this 326-unit family oriented community, it resulted in $1,300 savings in its first year. Other environmental initiatives include recruiting in apartment homes and purchasing recycled office products.

Green Building – Capital One
Partnering with architects, Good Fulton and Farrell and construction managers, HJ Russell and Company and Turner Construction, over 400,000 square feet was added to Capital One's existing 5 building campus. During construction, 86% of the construction debris was diverted from the landfill.

Small Business – Snappy Salads
Committed to reducing its environmental footprint, this restaurant is constructed in part from reclaimed materials, uses energy and water saving devices, offers biodegradable takeout containers to customers, uses earth-friendly cleaning solutions, and supplies staff with sustainable uniforms. From Fair Trade Certified tea, to recycling - sustainability is served.

Environmental Commitment – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Faced with over 100 tons of trash and volumes of disposable patient-care items monthly, THP sought to increase diversion through employee education. A healthy 33.22 % diversion rate for single-stream and shredded recycling was achieved this past year. Up-cycling flip flops and writing instruments and installing an electric car recharging station are initiatives ensuring a green prognosis for the future.

Environmental Star of Excellence Community Awards
Non-Profit – Blackland Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists
Through outdoor, hands-on activities related to Texas' Blackland Prairie ecological region, Wilson Middle School's Junior Master Naturalist Program connects students with nature. Science and social studies curriculum are enhanced, while a life-long respect for the environmental and natural resource conservation is nurtured.

Educational Institution – Wyatt Elementary School
Wyatt's "Going Greener" program aims to instill green living practices in students' everyday lives. Eco-actions, ranging from collecting clothing donations to enhancing their community garden, focus on waste minimization and community outreach. They Wyatt Wallaroos are on their way to becoming leaders for a greener future.

Community Partnership – Plano Solar Advocates
Through education and outreach, these grass-root volunteers advocate the use of clean, renewable solar energy. Their partnership with residents, students, and other stakeholders helped increase solar energy use in Plano. Solar power generation requires no water, which provides greater sustainability for future generations.

Community Outreach Award/Individual Adult – John Reas
A tireless volunteer, John has donated over 200 hours since joining Live Green in Plano (LGIP) in 2012. Writing, teaching, and gardening - oh my! Known for his enthusiasm for all aspects of LGIP, John brings people together for a more sustainable Plano.

Community Outreach Award / Individual Youth – Maya Chalhoub
At 11, she's the youngest Live Green in Plano volunteer (ever!) and proof that 1 person can make a difference. Maya is passionate about waterways and animals and their connectivity. Her hands-on actions in waterway cleanups and recycling inspire others toward positive environmental change.

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Presentation of Awards
Applications will be reviewed immediately following the deadline.Winning recipients will be notified by telephone prior to the awards banquet. Awards will be presented on September 17, 2014.

Additional Information

Please call 972-769-4130 or email if you have any questions or require additional information.