‘Green Scene’ Award winners announced
FRISCO – The High Country Conservation Center recognized five local individuals and one business for their outstanding contributions to Summit County’s conservation efforts. The annual Green Scene Awards were presented on Earth Day, April 22.
The Organic Fertilizer Award, for an educator in the community who inspires community members to take proper care of the planet, went to Joanna Rybak. Rybak works for the Summit Prevention Alliance and is a local educator who has had great success in developing programs that encourage healthy and sustainable food choices.
Franky Papandrea, Keystone’s Environmental Manager, was awarded The Julia Butterfly Hill Individual Achievement Award for making our community greener and keeping an eye on the environmental movement of our community.
“From his recycling and conservation efforts to his constant desire to spread awareness and knowledge about sustainability, Franky works hard every day to put the planet first,” said High Country Conservation Center’s Erin Makowsky, waste reduction coordinator.
Summit County Planning Department’s Kate Berg received the Essential Earthy Employee Award, presented annually to an employee who advocates for environmental practices within the workplace. Berg’s co-workers say her vision for a brighter and better future is contagious.
Thad Noll, Summit County government’s assistant county manager, was awarded the Green Machine Public Works Award, which recognizes a local government individual or program that goes beyond the standard.
“Through his passion and leadership, Thad has led the charge in making visionary sustainability programs a reality throughout the county,” High Country Conservation Center executive director Jen Santry said.
Alpine Earth Center was presented with the Greener Summit Business Award for instituting environmental programs for employees and clients. Alpine Earth Center is dedicated to sustainability throughout all levels of operations, from its workshops to its gardens and knowledge of low-impact growth and design.
High County Conservation Center gave the Building a Greener Future Award to Clark Johnson with Apex Mountain Homes.
“Clark Johnson is a leader in environmental building techniques and design and has set the standard for excellence in sustainable and net zero custom home construction in Summit County,” Santry said.
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