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17 years of Recognizing Environmental Achievements in the Community

ROCHESTER, MN— Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) and the Olmsted County Environmental Commission announce the recipients of the 2009 Environmental Achievement Awards.  The recipients will be recognized at an awards banquet January 21 at the Rochester Golf and Country Club. The awards honor individuals, families, youth, organizations, or businesses that have made a significant contribution in 2009 towards environmental quality in any of the following categories: renewable efforts, conservation, energy, water, agriculture, education, and other.


The 2009 recipients are:


Maggie Herman- Quarry Hill Volunteerism

IBM Corporation- Wildlife at Work Program

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee-Downtown Bicycle Study

Sontes Restaurant- Green Business Practices

Christine Schultz- Energy

Boulder Dam Canoe & Kayak Rental- Adopt-a-River Program

Bamber Valley Elementary- Science Olympiad “Our Human Footprint”

Lisa Boardman- Renewables


“This year’s recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations making a positive impact on the local environment. Through recognition of their efforts, we hope to further awareness and participation in positive environmental efforts in Rochester and Olmsted County.” said Sara Gimberline from Rochester Public Utilities.


For more information on energy conservation or the Environmental Achievement Awards visit 


About Rochester Public Utilities


As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 47,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 36,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.





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