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2012 Clean Air & Sustainability Awards

Contact: Rebecca Lewis, Environmental Remediation Specialist |

The 2012 winners of the annual Clean Air and Sustainability Awards are on the agenda for this weekend’s annual Kansas Preservation, Energy and Sustainability Conference and Fair at Century II.

Winners were recognized by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer during Friday’s luncheon. They were selected for their efforts to improve and preserve air quality in the four-county metro area (Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick, and Sumner Counties) and for incorporating sustainability measures in their organizational structure.

Winners included:

Business Category

Bauer & Son Construction of a “Green” Home:
Bauer & Son Construction designed and built the first United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified home in the City of Wichita. Located on Davin Circle, the home was designed and constructed with a number of “green” features. It was designed to save the homeowner nearly $500 in annual energy costs and will prevent approximately 13,000 lbs/year of CO2 emissions.

Koch Industries Conservation Program
Over the last 10 years, the Koch Industries office headquarters has made numerous changes and upgrades to its building systems to reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts. The result was a reduction in community air emissions, additional electrical capacity, reduced need for new power plants, reduced water use and increased recycling.

Government Category

City of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport’s “Green Team”
In 2008, the Mid-Continent Airport Custodial Division began recycling paper, plastic, and cardboard, collecting 52 tons in the first year alone. In 2009, the first official Green Team, comprised of participants from airlines, car rentals, aircraft manufacturers, aviation businesses, and the Department of Homeland Security TSA, initiated an education program about the aviation industry’s role in decreasing the community’s carbon footprint.

The City of Derby’s Clean Air & Sustainability Best Practices
Among the highlights of the Derby entry, the Derby Go Green Campaign encouraged local residents and businesses to hang green-colored, energy-efficient LED lights in their windows during the winter season to encourage personal implementation of other “green” ideas. In other areas, the Derby Rainwater Sensor Ordinance of 2008 mandated the use of rain sensors in all automatic irrigation systems. Through single stream curbside recycling and using a single trash collector, Derby achieved an 88% residential recycling participation resulting in over 4,000 tons of recycling collected in the last three years.

Individual Winner

Hoyt Hillman – Arkansas River Restoration
Hoyt Hillman has spearheaded a number of activities aimed at restoring shorelines and fish habitat, reducing pollution, providing river access, and improving recreation opportunities along the Arkansas River. He organized local volunteers to begin shoreline plantings and erosion reduction improvements, and secured donated labor and equipment from a local construction company to remove exposed rebar along the shoreline. He worked with the Park Department and volunteers to restore goose nesting areas and eroded shorelines with the planting of native flowers and grasses.

The Margaret & Paul Miller Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

E. DeEtte Huffman, Founder, Arkansas River Coalition
The Arkansas River Coalition (ARC) was founded by DeEtte Huffman in 1998 with the mission to “protect, restore and improve the entire watershed and enhance the well-being of all life it sustains.” Under Huffman’s leadership, the coalition has grown to 162 members in three states, committed to addressing the varied issues and problems that arise for a river and its watershed.

NonProfit Organization/Neighborhood Association

College Hill United Methodist Church “CHUM for Change)
The College Hill United Methodist (CHUM) Environmental Group provides recycling, gardening, and education activities to church members, friends, and the neighborhood community. CHUM for Change is committed to thinking globally and acting locally by organizing monthly recycling events for the community, establishing and maintaining a seasonal community garden at the Church site, acting as a Christmas tree recycling location for Sedgwick County, and partnering with a local recycling center to distribute recycled goods.

Wichita Independent Neighborhoods
The Wichita Independent Neighborhoods (WIN) Association is an organization of individuals from various districts within the City of Wichita. WIN has been involved in river cleanups, neighborhood cleanups, community gardens, and Neighborhood Night Out, and continues to work to promote the neighborhood health and cleanliness.

Uptown Neighborhood Association
The Uptown Neighborhood Association promotes resource conservation through solid waste reduction. It organized neighborhood cleanups and rummage sales, marked all storm drains as “No Dumping” zones, organized salvage collections and negotiated a reduced trash and recycling service.

Honorable mentions were also issued to the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview for its building rehabilitation program and to the Kansas Smoke Management Subcommittee for its efforts in formulating the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan.

The award selection was conducted by the City of Wichita Air Quality Improvement Task Force.

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