Honoring those who live “Green Starts Here!”
On Friday May 8, 2015 Keep Pearland Beautiful hosted the annual Environmental Awards Dinner. Green Starts Here was the theme of this culminating event of the Great American Cleanup, a 3-month environmental celebration in the City of Pearland and our effort to make every day Earth Day.
Over 120 participants came to celebrate and honor members of our community who contribute to the green and sustainable movement in the City of Pearland and who continue to help KPB fulfill its vision to make Pearland the cleanest, most beautiful city in Texas.
The event started with a fashion show by the Dawson High School Fashion Club sponsored by Laura Dunham. Four of the students modeled fashions that were made from items that would have been otherwise recycled or trashed, while other students read facts about recycling and other solid waste issues. The four designs were a dress made out of starburst wrappers, one made out of trash bags, a gown made out of an old sheet with broken CDs as “bling,” and a great two-piece outfit made out of newspaper.
The 2015 awardees were:
- Business of the Year: A & A Cleaning
- Weldon Flanakin Recycler of the Year: Rusty Pillow
- Nick Santoro Re-Use Award: Dawson Fashion Show
- Cleanup Award: New Life Church
- JoAnne Burch Educator of the Year: Sharon Whitener (Sablatura)
- Go Getter Award: Shelby Lowe
- Extra Mile Award: Cassie Mitchell
- Community Champion: Nancy Kozanecki
- KPB Partner Award: Maggie’s Custom Embroidery
- Green Living- Nathan & Brenda Weber (Green Home in Pearland)
KIPPERS (Kids in Pearland Preserving the Environment through Responsible Service) sponsors from local Pearland middle schools, were recognized for their continued efforts to promote recycling throughout the school year. KPB appreciates the hard work and dedication of these teachers: Melanie Ellsworth of Alexander Middle School, Chris Junco of Jamison Middle School, Judy Parsons & Tracy Doodie of Rogers Middle School and especially Sharon Whitener of Sablatura Middle School who was the winner of the Educator of the Year Award.
The evening culminated with the presentation of the Stella Roberts Golden Pear Award, given to Helen Beckman, longtime KPB Hike and Bike Trail Committee Chair, for her lasting contributions to improving the environment. The founder of the annual Tour De Lites Bike and Hayride fundraiser for hike and bike trails in Pearland; Helen Beckman not only lives being green but also works diligently to educate others about the benefits of conservation and in particular recycling.
Sponsors for the event included Shadow Creek Ranch, H-E-B Plus! and HEB Store in Pearland, A&A Cleaning Services, and Casa Ole.