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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 7, 2012

Environmental Achievement Awards recognize City employees

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Environmental Management Commission will present seven Environmental Achievement Awards to City employees who have shown a significant contribution to the environmental quality of Kansas City. The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road.

The Environmental Management Commission established the Environmental Achievement Awards to promote innovative approaches to environmental challenges and encourage a culture of environmental stewardship among City employees.

To be considered for the award, the acts or achievements must significantly reduce the volume or toxicity of waste generated, prevent pollution, preserve or restore natural lands or habitat, conserve resources, or benefit the environment.

The 2012 award winners are:

    1. Brush Creek Feasibility Study E-Team - Jing Tao (Water Services), James Walton (Water Services), Jimmi Lossing (Parks and Recreation), Lynda Hoffman (Water Services) and Bill Fessler (Parks and Recreation).

    2. Blue River Channel, 53rd to 63rd Street/Byram’s Ford - Terry Winbush (Water Services), Dondrea Fisher (Water Services), Lynda Hoffman (Water Services), Scott Overbay (Parks and Recreation), Steve Abbott (Parks and Recreation) and Richard Allen (Parks and Recreation).

    3. Municipal Court Paperless System – Presiding Judge Katherine Bromfield Emke, on behalf of the Court en Banc (Municipal Court).

    4. Central Fleet Paperless Work Order Initiative – Central Fleet and Information Technology Divisions, General Services Department.

    5. City Clerk’s Paperless Systems – City Clerk’s Office

    6. Active Living KC – Deb Ridgway (Public Works), Ashley Winchell (Public Works), Laura Machala (Public Works), Kellie Johnston (City Planning), Frank Thompson (Health), Christine Riederer (Health), Jeanine Qualls (Health), Sarah Worthington (Health) and Thalia Cherry.

    7. Illegal Dumping Code Enforcement – Ryan Kasper-Cushman (Neighborhoods and Housing Services)

The City’s Office of Environmental Quality, a division of the City Manager’s Office, accepted nominations for the awards, which were evaluated by the Environmental Management Commission.

Media inquiries about the Environmental Achievement Awards should be directed to Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer, at 816-513-3459.

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