Celebration Announcement to Honor Statewide Environmental Excellence

September 18, 2018 - Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma citizens with a passion for their

communities will join together at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s 28th Annual Environmental

Excellence Celebration on Friday, November 30th at the Hilton Garden Inn & Edmond

Conference Center.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB), a statewide nonprofit recognizes Oklahomans doing

their part to help preserve the beauty and sustainability of this state. This year, over 37

individuals, communities, businesses, municipalities, state agencies and more from

across the state will be recognized for their work in the past year.

The Keep Oklahoma Board selects six individuals or groups as recipients of the

prestigious board commendation awards. This year’s recipients are as follows:

Sara Hill with Cherokee Nation for the Towering Spirit Award. Chickasaw Reuse Center

for Visionary Leadership. Francis Solar Systems – Tulsa for the Vanguard Award. Karen

Chapman, with Blue Thumb for the Champion Volunteer Award. Tom Creider, Program

Manager of Oklahoma State Parks for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Last but not

least, our new Environmental Advocate Award for American Waste, Waste Connections

and Waste Management.

Each year, KOB hosts the Environmental Excellence Competition, where the public

nominates groups and individuals for their efforts to benefit Oklahoma. The

nominations are presented to a panel of guest judges from the community, who

determine finalists in various different categories.

"Here at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful we are about communities, not profit,” said Jeanette

Nance, Executive Director of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. “When disconnected people

come together as a community with a cause, we change the face of Oklahoma. I

absolutely love this event where we can honor so many deserving individuals and

groups for the good they do all across our state."

Finalists for the Environmental Excellence Competition showed exceptional work in the

following areas: education, conservation, beautification, sustainability practices,

nonprofit efforts, youth leadership, litter prevention, and more.

The finalists in those categories include:

-Kay Watson – Ardmore Beautification Council

-Chuck Ralls – City of Comanche

-Ony Russell – Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative

-Nathan Pickard – Up With Trees

-Wild About Piedmont

-City of Comanche

-Phoenix Circle Foundation

-OKC Beautiful

-Michelin of North America

-Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

-Oklahoma State University

-City of Sapulpa

-City of Norman – Environmental Control Advisory Board

-City of Owasso – Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative

-City of Oklahoma City – Shine Program

-City of Edmond

-Will Rogers Elementary

-Boy Scout Troop #169

- Deputy Don Hudgins – Logan County Sheriff’s Office

-Bryan Jump –Coal County Sheriff’s Office

-Logan County District Commissioners

-Phoenix Circle Foundation

-Pride in McAlester

-Ardmore Beautification Council

-Wildhorse Gardens and Market

- South Central Industries

-Earth Rebirth

- Ardmore Clean Team

- OK County OSU Extension Office

-OK Tree Bank Foundation

-City of Lawton

-Twin Cities Revitalization

-City of Grove

-City of Pauls Valley

-Pride in McAlester

-City of Comanche

-The Plaza District

-Martin Park Teen Board

-Friends of Dow Lake

-Durant Area Chamber of Commerce

-Fort Cobb Broxton Public Schools

-Town of Wellston

-The City of Sand Springs

-Town of Fargo

-Mercy School - Ms. Dabbousi’s 5th grade

-Heritage Elementary - Mrs. Schoenhals 5th Grade

-Will Rogers Elementary - Ms. Lewis’ 4th Grade

--St. Joseph - Ms. Peters 7th grade 

-Eisenhower MS - Ms. Berry’s 8th grade

-St. Joseph - Ms. Peters’ class 8th grade 

Winners in the various award categories will be announced the night of banquet.

Shanon Philips, the President of KOB said, “the finalists and winners recognized at this

event are an inspiration to all of us, proving that everyone can do their part to make the

world a better place.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com. The

event will begin with a reception and fundraiser at 5:00 p.m. Dinner and awards will


Join KOB in recognizing these outstanding Oklahomans!

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma

citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy,

sustainable environment.

Pictured above are members of Durant Intermediate School Green Team for the

Environmental Best of the Best Award.