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Environmental Achievement Awards call for nominations

Environmental Achievement Awards call for nominations


ROCHESTER, MN— Olmsted County and Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) are seeking nominations for their annual Environmental Achievement Awards. These awards are given to individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses that have made a significant contribution to environmental quality in Olmsted County. Categories available for nomination include: renewable efforts, conservation, energy, water, agriculture, education, and other.   


The awards were developed in 1992 to recognize individuals and groups that are making Olmsted County a more sustainable community through innovative programs and practices that demonstrate environmental leadership.


In 2009, there were eight recipients of an Environmental Achievement Award.  The recipients were:

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- Renewable

Completed nominations are due by October 22nd  to either Sara Gimberline at or Michele Rysavy at .  To access the nomination form, or for more information about the Environmental Achievement Awards visit


The awards will be presented at an evening program on January 27, 2011 at the Rochester Golf & Country Club.



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 45,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 34,000.  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.