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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Sustainability Awards Presented

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On Sept. 15, the Jefferson County Commissioners and the Sustainability Commission presented four Sustainability Awards for outstanding achievements related to environmental stewardship and community cohesion. 2020 is the Sustainability Commission’s inaugural year of presenting an Eco-Employee Award that honors a Jefferson County employee and three Community Awards. These awards honor their achievements related to environmental stewardship, efficient use of resources, economic vitality, and innovation in alignment with Jefferson County's mission, vision, values, and goals. 

“It is with great excitement that the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners present the Sustainability Commission’s Sustainability Awards this year. 2020 is the inaugural year for this important opportunity to recognize local organizations and county employees who are leaders in educating, promoting and implementing sustainable practices in Jefferson County. We are heartened to know we have wonderful people doing this impressive and invaluable sustainability work in our community,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Casey Tighe.

This year, the Sustainability Commission chose three community awards and one eco-employee award. The three community award winners were Evergreen's Alliance for Sustainability, Jefferson County Green Schools, and a New Spin Bike ReCyclery. 

“We are incredibly excited about the inaugural year of the Sustainability Commission’s Sustainability Awards and look forward to making this an annual tradition to recognize Jeffco’s individuals and organizations that are leading the effort to make the county a more sustainable place to live and work,” said Jeff Wong, chair of the Sustainability Commission.

About the winners:

  • Rakia Ranney is being honored with the 2020 Eco-Employee Award for pioneering and championing the compost and organics collection program within Jefferson County Public Health. Ms. Ranney’s effort helped divert hundreds of pounds of organic waste from our landfills each month and she is a shining example of going above and beyond for her colleagues and the residents of Jefferson County.  
  • Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability is being honored with the 2020 Community Award for being a sustainability leader in the county. The Alliance holds an annual zero waste forum and runs a very successful community-wide composting program. Its work makes composting in mountain towns such as Evergreen and surrounding communities easy. The alliance is emblematic of how community members can come together to create great things for the environment and each other! 
  • Jefferson County Green Schools is being honored with the 2020 Community Award for tackling the growing challenge of landfill waste in local schools. Its grass roots approach to implementing impactful changes in our schools, including the reduction/elimination of single-use styrofoam trays in cafeterias, is a great example of its leadership in the county. The school's work continues to educate and provide hands-on learning for the children of Jefferson County.  
  • A New Spin Bike ReCyclery is being honored with the 2020 Community Award for its commitment to providing alternative transportation to community members in need, helping develop job skills to our disabled and at-risk neighbors, and reducing our local carbon footprint by recycling and promoting the use of bicycles. 

Read more details about the winners on the Board of County Commissioners website.  

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