Tenth Annual Earth Day Conservation Award Winners and 2012 Bike Raffle Winner
The annual Earth Day Celebration held April 21, 2012, was a huge success! Participants enjoyed activities and lively entertainment with an emphasis on preserv ing the environment. Nominees who have demonstrated leadership in the conservation of natural resources were presented with a personalized earth globe by Paul Teixeira, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor, and Lora Carter, TNHMSM Board President, on behalf of TNHMSM. The five categories of awards are: Non Profit, Education, Govern ment, Business and Agriculture.
Non Profit: Santa Maria Valley Open Space Group, Luis Escobar, (1) nominated by Bill Denneen. This group was formed to promote more open space trails for hiking and biking in the Orcutt Hills. While only in existence for about nine months, this group has gathered many interested volun teers and is responsible for some permanent accessible Orcutt trails.
Education: Maureen Staunton (2) of Adam School is a member of the “pink scooter group” of Adam School teachers that travel to school in style while conserving fuel. Maureen also has been a leader in writing grants to benefit the Natural History Museum, Santa Maria, which resulted in over $1,000 in grant money for exhibits and programs. Nominated by Lora Carter.
Government Agency Award: 30th Space Wing of the USAF, VAFB nominated by Virginia Souza. Tom Devenoj (3) accepted this award in recognition of the many environmentally friendly strategies in place. These include diverting over 95% of con struction waste and nearly 60% of municipal solid waste from land fills, and instituting a pharmaceutical collection program to divert improperly disposed medications.
Business: Rabobank. Nominated by Laura Dias, Branch Manager Kathryn Kromer (4) accepted the award. Rabobank’s Santa Maria location installed the first electric car charging station in the city in 2009 which is still used for corporate trips to Los Angeles. Charging stations located at Rabobanks along the Hwy. 101 from SF to LA have created what Rabobank calls “The Solar Highway” with free charging stations in addition to many green projects.
Agriculture: Rancho Guadalupe, Dick Donati (5) As a long time grower, Rancho Guadalupe uses a number of best manage ment practices to make the best use of re sources while helping to feed our community and our country. Recently Rancho Guada lupe installed nine variable frequency drive pumps and high efficiency electrical turbine motors which helps minimize energy use. They use Integrated Pest Management prac tices to manage pest pressures. Beyond their stewardship of the land, Rancho Guadalupe has been actively involved in the communi ty and provides leadership and support to a number of local organizations. Nominated by Claire Wineman.
The bike raffle for a red “Giant” bike from Cycle Star Bicycles was won by Dave Bradley with ticket #681. Dave was very excited as he had not won a bike as a child and now has made up for that lack!