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2013 Sustainability Awards


Saving the planet one lunchroom at time


Two Lakewood sisters who literally stand in the way of milk cartons ending up in the trash instead of the recycling bin will receive a Defender of the Plant Award during Lakewood’s 2013 Sustainability Awards.

The nine award winners and two special recognition recipients will be recognized by Lakewood City Council at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22 during the City Council meeting at the Civic Center, 480 S. Allison Parkway. A 5:30 p.m. reception for the award winners precedes the meeting.

Lakewood established the annual Sustainability Awards in 2008 to recognize members of the community who are leading the way to a more sustainable future. For more information, visit  

Defender of the Planet recipients
Summer and Autumn Marquis from Devinny Elementary School in Lakewood stand between the trash and recycling cans in the lunchroom every day to ensure fellow students throw milk cartons in the recycling bin, and they even dig through the trash to remove cartons mistakenly put there.
Alameda Clothing Closet at Alameda International High School opened in 2012 to recycle donated clothing while providing free clothing to families in need in the community.


Community Sustainability Award recipients
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church installed a photovoltaic system that supplies 85 percent of the church’s electrical power and instituted a sustainability outreach program.
Eaton Senior Communities has several sustainability programs in place for this older adult facility including recycling, garden planters and water-conserving bathroom fixtures and facets.
Village Roaster, a Lakewood coffee shop, has an energy-efficient coffee roaster, eco-friendly to-go cups, composting and other sustainable practices in place.
St. Anthony Hospital has a sustainability dashboard to track its 50 energy conservation strategies throughout the hospital.


Bruce Peoples Eco-Employee Award recipients
Head Start LEED Certification was awarded to the City’s 11th Avenue Head Start facility because of its numerous energy-efficient components.
Paperless Payroll for Lakewood employees has eliminated the need to print 39,000 checks or direct deposit slips and 39,000 envelopes annually.
Green Mountain Recreation Center has replaced all its cleaning supplies, paper products and soap with more sustainable and environmentally friendly products.


Special Recognition
Lutheran Church of the Master installed a solar array on the church’s roof that provides 100 percent of its typical electrical needs.
Lakewood Church of Christ installed 350 solar panels, enough to provide 100 percent of the church’s typical electrical needs.

Posted on: Friday, April 19, 2013