Environmental Community Awards
Annual Environmental Community Awards
The annual Environmental Community Awards Celebration recognizes outstanding environmental leadership and achievement by honoring businesses, nonprofits, schools, organizations, and individuals with the Environmental Star of Excellence award.
Learn more about the Community, School and Business awards.
Environmental Star of Excellence
Fairfield by Marriott - Plano North
Fairfield Inn’s green team and cadre of 15 full-time associates earn this hotel high scores on sustainability and hospitality. Guests benefit from its four tankless water heaters, low-flow showerheads, recycling bins in their suites and sustainably-harvested coffee. Two electric vehicle charging stations, an albedo roof and LED lighting are included in the green amenities at this 100% smoke-free hotel.
Cityscape at Market Center
This upscale apartment complex offers residents valet waste service and boasts a 59% diversion rate. Apartment homes have Energy-Star appliances and energy efficient lighting. Their green team recycles electronics, inkjet/toner cartridges and batteries. Its green purchasing includes recycled-content products and environmentally-friendly cleaners. Cityscape’s Open Arms Foundation provides a home away from home to qualifying families of those seeking medical treatment at local hospitals.
Over 90% of the waste from Signazon.com’s 58,585 square foot building construction was recycled. Owners Robert Debus and Anita Li designed and directed its construction yo ensure sustainability. Multiple temperature and lighting control options ensure staff comfort. A Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) roof offers energy savings. Extra insulation, LED lighting and landscaping including drought-tolerant Zoysia grass all contribute to a reduced carbon footprint.
GREEN BUSINESS CERTIFIED
Propac, a marketing company which seeks innovative ways to engage buyers, has definitely engaged sustainability. LED lighting, motion sensors and timers offer energy efficiency. Single-stream materials, landscape waste, batteries and electronics are recycled. To conserve water, Propac installed a retention pond, which is tied into its drip irrigation system. Employees enjoy an onsite garden and volunteer for an annual coat drive and clothing recycling.
Green amenities for this financial powerhouse include LED lighting, 100% green energy, 14 electric vehicle charging stations and bicycles for on-campus use. In 2018, 1,200 tons of material including food and electronics were diverted from the landfill. Volunteer engagement include planting trees with the Texas Tree Foundation, providing job search services for My Possibilities and Samaritan Inn clients, and mentoring for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.
Harley-Davidson Financial Services
Harley-Davidson Financial Services offers single-stream, textile, eyeglasses, cosmetics, Styrofoam and dental supplies recycling. Associates enjoy eco-parking, bike racks and a book exchange. Volunteers participated in home builds with Habitat for Humanity Collin County, collected over two tons of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank peanut butter drive and participated in Harley-Davidson’s annual Teddy Bear Ride benefiting Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.
Snappy Salads’ two Plano restaurants are purveyors of green. Founder, Chris Dahlander, is an authentic ambassador for green living—including wild-caught salmon and grass-fed beef on his menus. He is passionate about preserving our Earth’s resources—from serving up paper straws in his restaurants to offering free electronic waste collections twice a year, Dahlander considers Snappy Salads’ impact on the environment on a daily basis.
Environmental Star of Excellence
Ed Atiyeh and Patrick Christmas
As volunteers at the Plano Community Garden, Ed and Patrick established a self-sustaining, organic orchard. As the trees mature they will produce healthy fruit that will be donated to local food banks. In addition, the trees provide numerous environmental benefits such as absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and attracting pollinators.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH INDIVIDUAL - ADULT
The Siva family began labeling storm drains, not only to create awareness to the public about illegal dumping into the storm sewers, but to nurture volunteerism in their home and teach their young daughter to be socially responsible. This year the family has inspected over 320 storm drains and installed labels on over 170 of them around Plano schools.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH INDIVIDUAL - YOUTH
As Annika began seeing a buildup of litter near her school and the creek next to her home, she not only felt compelled to take action herself to remove it, but worked to inspire others to help combat the issue. Annika has coordinated a series of litter cleanups, which she calls the “Clean, Green Movement." These cleanups have removed hundreds of pounds of trash and helped create awareness to the problems of litter.
Jasper High School
Jasper High School has worked to increase environmental awareness and minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills through a number of initiatives. The school started its green initiatives in the Fall of 2018 with a zero-waste event where over 1,400 students participated. Since then the school has improved recycling in the cafeteria and classroom, promoted reuse, and begun collecting printer cartridges for proper recycling.
Glenhollow North HOA
Glenhollow North HOA undertook a neighborhood beautification project which soon turned into a sustainability success story. In the beautification process, the HOA replaced existing lighting with LED bulbs, installed water conserving irrigation, and planted drought tolerant plants. These updates have reduced water consumption by 30% and decreased their electricity bills by almost 40%. In addition, neighbors hosted an Earth Day cleanup at Coyote Creek Park.
The Texas Pool
The Texas Pool created a butterfly garden to attract and protect migrating butterflies. The Texas Pool uses the new garden to educate the public about the importance of protecting butterflies and to engage visitors in community gardening efforts. Volunteers who help maintain the garden have already noticed an increase in butterflies and caterpillars in the area.
Environmental School Awards
EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL OUTREACH GROUP
Rice Middle School
The Eco-Club at Rice has grown to include almost 50 active members. The club continues to improve recycling programs, but also conducts litter cleanups and works to save water and electricity. The club even built a school vegetable garden. The efforts of the Eco-Club were rewarded as Rice Middle School was recognized as a Four Star Green School for the 2018-2019 school year.
NEW ENVIRONMENTAL OUTREACH GROUP
Carpenter Middle School
Although the student Green Team at Carpenter only began in January 2019, the small group has made large strides in creating a culture of sustainability in the school. Students have become more environmentally conscious, improved campus recycling, and collected clothing for reuse. The Green Team’s programs helped Carpenter Middle School become certified as a Two Star Green School for the 2018-2019 school year.