In anticipation of our 27th Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration, we are excited to announce our 2017 Board Commendation Winners. All year, Oklahomans have been doing their part to keep Oklahoma beautiful and clean. Now, it’s time to recognize them for their efforts.
Our celebration this year will be held on Saturday, November 18, at the Embassy Suites in Norman. Each year, the KOB Board of Directors chooses five individuals or groups as recipients of the prestigious board commendation awards. This year’s recipients are as follows.
Lifetime Achievement - Regina Turrentine
Regina Turrentine, of Ardmore, Okla., is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a person for at least 25 years of outstanding achievements in leadership, environmental stewardship and efforts that have produced obvious improvements to Oklahoma’s environment. While a member of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, Turrentine founded Ardmore Beautification Council in 1989, which became a 501c3 in 1997. She has been the president of this organization ever since. She is on the board of OK Arts Council, OK Leadership and other boards - all as a part of her effort to help people better their ideas and reach goals.
Vanguard - American Waste Control
American Waste Control, a Tulsa waste management company, is this year’s recipient of the Vanguard Award. This award is presented to a person, institution, community, or business for embracing cutting-edge technologies and concepts in support of a sustainable planet. American Waste Control is recognized for having developed the first zero waste option for business customers in Oklahoma, transforming a landfill from a crucial problem to an environmental model, and for developing the most modern recycling processing facility in the state. This company also operates a system that generates electricity from the emitted gas from landfills. Their innovative practices made them a clear candidate for this award.
Towering Spirit - Margaret Annis Boys Trust
The Margaret Annis Boys Trust is the recipient of the Towering Spirit Award, which recognizes a person, program, business, or organization for upholding the mission of KOB in a unique way, garnering public acclaim and having far-reaching positive impact. Margaret Annis Boys Trust grants have helped enhance parks, medians, schools, and neighborhoods through many beautification projects. Recent projects include preservation of Edgemere Park, installation of informational displays along the Oklahoma City trail system, and improvements to Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School and Hilldale Elementary School.
Champion Volunteer - Donna Mackiewicz
The recipient of this year’s Champion Volunteer award is Donna Mackiewicz. This award is presented to a person who shows a record of at least ten years of consistently going beyond the scope of his or her job to provide community, statewide, global environmental improvement as it relates to the mission of KOB. Mackiewicz was a member of the first Oklahoma Master Naturalist class in 2003. She is currently a board member for the Master Naturalists and regularly volunteers for the organization. She also serves as an officer for Friends of Martin Park and is a Girl Scout Leader, along with other community leadership positions. Her work to educate others and ensure a sustainable Oklahoma has truly benefitted this state.
Visionary Leadership - Sustainable Tulsa
The final board commendation winner is Sustainable Tulsa, winning the Visionary Leadership Award. This award recognizes a person, community, business or organization with a unique view for environmental or community improvement and has inspired others to emulate or adopt that philosophy. This organization is a strong promoter of sustainability in Tulsa businesses. This organization offers educational and networking opportunities to strengthen sustainability efforts. They facilitate Scor3card, which is a sustainability-tracking tool. These assessments provide financial savings to businesses, all while ensuring more eco-friendly, sustainable practices.
"Each year, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s board of directors spends focused time in discussion about nominees brought to them by members of the board and staff,” said Jeanette Nance, KOB Executive Director. “They painstakingly pour through so many qualified people, community groups and companies. Their decisions are not always easy. This year’s choices for these prestigious five board awards are among the most qualified under the specific definitions for each award. We are happy to recognize this special group of 2017 winners in such an important way. We thank them for what they are doing to enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment. Congratulations!”
These award recipients, along with finalists of the Environmental Excellence Competition, will be recognized at the celebration in November. Click here to read more about banquet and purchase tickets!