Larimer County recognizes environmental stewards

By Coloradoan Staff

Original Story – 12-13-2011 – Coloradoan

The Larimer County commissioners have announced the 2011 Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Awards:

  • The Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op for its comprehensive actions designed to make bicycles and bicycle riders sustainable: Those include safety education programs and refurbishing bikes that were abandoned and returning them to the community.
  • RB+B Architects for its Sustainability Management System: Principle elements of the plan relate to carbon emissions, health and well being, waste reduction, sustainable materials, and culture and community.
  • Redstone Mitigators for its example of how a community can work together to achieve common forest management and wildfire safety goals: Community members work every Saturday from Novem-ber to February to cut down and stack trees marked for removal. Funds from a Colorado State Forest Service grant are spent in the spring when a contractor with heavy equipment chips the wood waste onsite.
  • The Growing Project for its efforts to connect community members to each other, their food, and their land through urban agriculture and community gardening: The project has implemented a series of efforts ranging from community gardens to a .Glean Team. that cooperates with farmers to harvest food that might otherwise be wasted for delivery to the Food Bank for Larimer County.
  • Irene Little for her efforts on behalf of recycling opportunities in the Estes Park area: As chairperson for the League of Women Voters community recycling committee in Estes Park, Little has worked on a number of projects, including the introduction of cardboard recycling, the promotion of reusable shopping bags, and a community recycling program in Bond Park.

The environmental stewardships awards have been given annually since 1995.

Bike Co-op recognized with Environmental Stewardship Award

Ben Gannon accepted the Environmental Stewardship award on behalf of the Bike Co-op and all of our recycling volunteers.

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today announced the 2011 Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Awards. These awards, began in 1995, are given each year to honor the environmental efforts of county residents, businesses and organizations. To date 58 awards have been presented to programs, people and organizations since the program began 17 years ago. Today five more recipients are added.  Winning programs are innovative and proactive, and show exceptional effort and concern for stewardship of the environment of Larimer County.
The County’s volunteer-citizen Environmental Advisory Board reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the Commissioners who determine the recipients.
The Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op, for their comprehensive actions designed to make bicycles and bicycle riders sustainable. These efforts include: bicycle safety education for children, such as the bike rodeo and helmet distribution; repairing and returning refurbished bikes that were abandoned or unclaimed to the community and to Ghana as part of the village bicycle project; recycling the steel, aluminum, and rubber from worn out bikes; and, embracing the principle of sustainability and providing an important example.

Thanks to all the volunteers who make this happen for our community!

More details about additional recipients here: