Past Environmental Star of Excellence Award Winners

  1. 2016 ESOE Winners
  2. 2015 ESOE Winners
  3. 2014 ESOE Winners
  4. 2013 ESOE Winners

Environmental School Awards

Educational Institution

Shepard Elementary School

Members of the Earthsavers Environmental Club maximized recycling efforts at the school through a series of recycling initiatives including ‘Shoe Some Love’ benefiting Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program, ink and toner recycling for Office Depot, and repurposing used markers through Crayola ColorCycle. Earthsavers’ education efforts went beyond school walls—touching student families and neighbors.

Environmental Star of Excellence Community Awards


The Friends of the Plano Public Library

Since 1965 this non-profit has partnered with Plano Public Libraries to support and enhance our libraries. Their 2015 Book Sale put 60,000 library-withdrawn and donated books into the homes of over 2,000 families. New readers were able to enjoy the education and entertainment benefits offered by books sold for $2 or less. When it comes to reuse and landfill diversion, the Friends of the Plano Public Library wrote the book!

Homeowners Association/Neighborhood Organization

Cambridge Place at Russell Creek HOA

The residents of this neighborhood collaborated to revive an outdoor space in their community. They repurposed an old playground into a welcoming gathering area featuring native landscaping, a cedar pergola and seating. Cambridge Place Circle offers residents and neighbors an inviting, sustainable oasis for meeting or resting. The combined efforts of contractors and volunteers from over 50 families reduced the cost of the news-making makeover and increased neighborhood appeal.

Community Partnership

Chase Oaks Church - Legacy Campus

In partnership with Plano’s Sustainability & Environmental Education Division, Chase Oaks helped plan and host the 2015 Texas Recycles Day collection event and the 2016 Great American Cleanup celebration. These two events reached over 2,500 folks and achieved impressive results! Texas Recycles Day diverted 6.5 tons of goods benefiting multiple charities and Plano’s beauty was enhanced thanks to over 2.8 tons of trash collected during the Great American Cleanup.

Individual Youth
 Maya Chalhoub

At 14, Maya is Plano’s youngest Master Gardner and Live Green in Plano Champion. As part of her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Maya led a 3-day composting workshop for adults with special needs— known as HIPsters (Hugely Important People) at My Possibilities. The Hipsters were left with a compost bin, knowledge to produce their own compost for the on-site garden and a budding friendship.

Individual Adult
 Michael McDowell

Since 2009, Michael McDowell has shared his experiences transforming of his front yard landscape from a typical suburban lawn to an environmental oasis of Texas native plants. Michael’s Plano Prairie Garden blog, garden tours, speaking engagements and plant swaps have educated and enlightened thousands in Plano and North Texas of the benefits of these ecological landscaping practices.

Environmental Star of Excellence Business Awards

Green Building
 DPR Construction

Intuit selected DPR Construction, a collaborative builder, for its 28,234 square foot second floor remodel because of their sustainability focus. DPR was able to reuse/donate cabinets, doors, shelving and carpet tiles. DPR and its partners were committed to waste minimization and, through recycling and reuse, they were able to achieve a savings of $2,500 and a diversion rate of 43%.

 Multi-Family Community
 AMLI West Plano

The green efforts of this community go beyond earning LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification. In addition to native and adaptive landscaping and upscale energy-saving appliances, AMLI offers a walkable neighborhood, close proximity to mass transit and a commitment to sustainability. Residents enjoy reduced utility bills and a healthy lifestyle at this nonsmoking community where sustainability meets luxury.

 Small Business
 Weeks Law Firm

This innovative law firm found a court-compliant option to significantly reduce paper use in its document-intensive law office. By providing documents on an external memory-stick or thumb drive, clients can easily share files with family and financial advisers. Two thumbs up for Weeks Law Firm saving over $4,000 annually in paper and printing alone with this out-of-the box green initiative.

 Green Business Certified
 Big Frog Custom T-Shirts &More

This customer-focused local business was built with sustainability in mind—recycled flooring, LED lighting, eco-friendly water-based dyes for imprinting and a waste-ink recapture system. Despite solid business growth, including headcount, over the last year, increases in electricity and water consumption were minimal due to established green initiatives. Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More ‘toad’ the green line and reaped the benefits.

 Environmental Commitment
 CAMBRiA Hotels and Suites

This modern hotel is where hospitality and sustainability reign. Unique sustainable initiatives include a solar panel rooftop array and two Tesla Electric Car charging stations. CAMBRiA participates in single-stream and organic recycling and has a 39.5% diversion rate. Rest easy as a hotel guest at CAMBRiA and have no reservations their commitment to sustainability is real—real green.

 Hirsch's Specialty Meats

This family-owned retail market was sustainable-minded long before the City introduced the Green Business Certified program in 2012. When organic recycling was introduced in 1999, owner Gary Hirsch saw the value in Hirsch’s Meats’ participation. Hirsch’s Meats is a prime example of a small business making a large environmental impact with sustainable operations and using his community influence for green advocacy.

Environmental Star of Excellence Business Awards

Educational School Awards
 Shepard Elementary Earthsavers

Through a variety of hands-on activities and lessons, Earthsaver members learned about sustainability concepts they could take back to their classrooms and families. Students wrote and performed skits at assemblies, made posters to educate their fellow students and teachers, and shared sustainability tips in the weekly school newsletter that went home to parents. Shepard Elementary Earthsavers shared their passion for the environment with these activities and many more!