Township to Give Out Environmental Awards

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By Florian Cherdron
Meridian Times staff writer


Meridian Township will be giving out Environmental Stewardship awards in April. The awards recognize residents and organizations that have contributed to the protection of the environment.

LeRoy Harvey, Meridian Township recycling and energy coordinator, was a winner in 2010 for his efforts in recycling, energy improvements and assistance with establishing community gardens.

“I’ve been doing this kind of work for the township for three years now,” said Harvey. “It all started early in life with a love of fishing, and I just continued to do things that relate to the environment.”

Nominations are being accepted through March 1, and the ceremony will take place at the April 17 township meeting, as close to Earth Day as possible, according to Brown. The meeting is at 6 p.m. and will be held at township hall.Winners will receive a certificate to showcase their accomplishment.

“We’ve been giving these awards out for 16 years,” said Richard Brown, associate planner and economic development specialist for Meridian Township. “We want to bring individuals and organizations to the forefront and recognize them as stewards of the environment.”

Similar awards are being given out by Eaton, Ingham and Clinton counties. The Tri-County Environmental Leadership Awards occur annually as a joint award luncheon for the three counties. The 2012 awards will mark the tenth year of the awards.

“The award encompasses the tri-county area and recognizes those individuals, businesses, schools, churches, etc., that recycle and minimize waste,” said Phil Mikus, recycling manager for Granger Recycling and coordinator of the event.

According to Mikus, there are about 10 recipients of the award each year, depending on the pool of nominations.

“We like to have as much data to work with as possible for each nomination so that we can quantify a person’s success,” said Mikus.

Mitkus said winners range from businesses to individuals, but all have one thing in common, sustainability. Recipients have included General Motors, Delhi and the Red Cedar Friends Meeting, a religious society of friends who built a green building in Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood.

The ceremony for the tri-county awards will take place at 11:30 a.m. on April 25, at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. Admission is $10 for the general public.

The Meridian Environmental Stewardship Award Nomination form can be found here.The deadline for nominations is March 1.

The Tri-County Environmental Leadership Award Nomination form can be found here. The deadline for nominations is March 15.