Eunice L. Burns Environmental Awareness Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 Recipients!

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The Eunice L. Burns Environmental Awareness Awards are presented by the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS® to Washtenaw County individuals, organizations or businesses who are proactive on environmental issues including:
           • Using products that contain recycled materials or energy saving qualities.
           • Taking steps to clean up environmental problems.
           • Developing innovative recycling or reuse programs.
           • Restoration and remodeling efforts that promote historical preservation and reuse materials.


Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools was selected for the award for its many environmental efforts including environmental education programming through its science curriculum for more than 30 years, developing a 40-acre nature center, Freeman Environmental Education Nature Center, to teach students environmental awareness and preservation, the efforts of its Environmental and Sustainable Advisory Board with expertise in environmental sciences and more. This award recipient is also home to a LEED certified school which opened in 2008 and was constructed using energy efficient systems and a plan to preserve as much of the “old growth” woods and wetlands as possible.


South Arbor Charter Academy

South Arbor Charter Academy was selected for this award for teaching students environmental practices and implementing environmental activities. These include Reduce, Reuse and Recycle initiatives, Energy education and conservation and protecting the environment. Through its annual Cell Phone Recycle Event, it has donated 247 cell phones, 55 power cords, and 62 other random electronic devices by partnering with ReCellular. Not only were the phones traded for calling cards for soldiers, but they were recycled properly and kept out of landfills. The Bottle Cap Repurposing Project included a Bottle Cap and Lid Collection Competition, which resulted in over 1000 bottle caps and lids for a hallway mural. The purpose was to raise awareness about repurposing in general as well as give another use to items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The building has recycle bins in all classrooms and commons areas and recycles every two weeks. The school conducts a “Lights Off Initiative,” to raise awareness of wasted electricity and to encourage all lights to be turned off when not in use. A part of the schoolyard has been returned to its natural state in the form of a Native Meadow. This was expanded to include additional plants, all native to Michigan. Various kinds of wildlife have taken up residence in the meadow. The school maintains a butterfly garden. It also has increased its number of bird houses and added a bat house. The Boy Scout troop designed and built the additional bird houses and the bat house. The Primary Hall adopts an animal every year, officially adopted through the Defender of Wildlife organization. In honor of Earth Day, the school’s Green Team organizes a week of events which culminates in a "Trashion Show." Students are encouraged to design and make fashion items out of things thought to be trash. Students then model their fashions at a school-wide show performed at morning assembly. Local officials and staff act as judges and plants are awarded as prizes.


Past Environmental Awareness Award Recipients

1997 - Mallet's Wood: Efficient use of land.

1998 - Sunward CoHousing: Efficient use of land.

1999 - Huron Valley Watershed Council: Adopt a Stream Program.

1999 - Ed Shaffran: ReUse of buildings.

2000 - ReUse Center: Recycling efforts.

2000 - EnHouse Recycle Ann Arbor: Green building demonstration.

2001 - Habitat for Humanity

2002 - Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Project: Wetland preservation.

2003 - Mallet's Creek Library: Environmental friendly building practices.

2005 - Barry Wallace: Lifelong commitment to keeping Washtenaw County drinking water pure.

2005 - Cardea Construction: Green renovation of home at 1515 South Maple.

2006 - The Conlin Company: Reduction of paved parking areas in Scio Village Condominiums.

2006 - The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources: Green renovation of building.

2007 - Mayor John Hiefje: Environmental friendly policies.

2007 - Robyn Angle: Green construction of Clearlake home.

2008 - Big George's Appliance Mart: Green construction of new store on Stadium Boulivard.

2009 - Gordon Hall

2009 -  The Cedars

2010 - Architectural Resources, LLC: Embracing green initiatives in her work as a REALTOR.

2010 - Meadowlark Builders: Their reuse, recycling, and energy efficient practices.

2011 - Laura Shope: Embracing green initiatives in her work in real estate.

2011 - Habitate for Humanity Huron Valley.

2012 - Matt & Kelly Grocoff,

2012 - First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor

2013 - Matt & Rene Greff, Arbor Brewing Company 

2013 - The Betty Brigade

2014 - Urban Energy Works, LLC

2014 - The Village of Dexter

2015- Ann Arbor Learning Community

2015 - City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt District Program and Green Things Farm

        2016 - Urban Ashes

       2017 - Faith in Action and Alex Young of Zingerman's Roadhouse & Cornman Farms

       2018 - Happy Planet Running and Barbara Lucas, The Green Room, WEMU


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