Nominees sought for annual Earth Day Awards

2014 Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award winner Claire Mesa of Rockford Lutheran High School, center, with Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Executive Director Lori Gummow (left) and 2014 Earth Day Luncheon speaker Daryl Hannah (right). Nominations for 2015 are due Feb. 27. (Photo courtesy Hans Rupert/noir)
2014 Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award winner Claire Mesa of Rockford Lutheran High School, center, with Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Executive Director Lori Gummow (left) and 2014 Earth Day Luncheon speaker Daryl Hannah (right). Nominations for 2015 are due Feb. 27. (Photo courtesy Hans Rupert/noir)

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Illinois — Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) is seeking nominations for its annual Earth Day Awards to recognize a company, agency, individual or student dedicated to improving the region’s environment.

Categories are as follow: “Outstanding Corporate Friend of the Environment,” “Outstanding Individual Friend of the Environment” and “Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award.”

Marking the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the awards will be presented at the KNIB luncheon April 2 at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center.

Nominations are due at the KNIB office in Loves Park by Feb. 27. The forms are available online at www.knib.org or by emailing info@knib.org.

We’re looking for environmentally active students, ‘green’ businesses or individual environmental heroes of the stateline,” said KNIB Executive Director Lori Gummow. “If you know someone who has upgraded their home to be more sustainable, is committed to a recycling program, or a business that has made their building and processes less wasteful, please nominate them.”

The application must summarize and demonstrate how the nominee has shown substantial support of recycling, reusing and/or renewing resources, beautification, environmental education, conservation and/or advocacy of the protection of our local environment.

Those honored in the past include Specialty Screw, the City of Rockford; Winnebago County; the Rockford Chamber of Commerce; Jack L. Armstrong; Joe Haverly; Chrysler Belvidere Assembly Plant; JL Clark; Forest City Gear; and the Rockford Park District.

The Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award may be given to either an individual or group of youths, age 18 or younger, exhibiting superior commitment to improving the environment through recycling, reusing and/or renewing resources, beautification, environmental education, conservation or advocacy of the protection of the local environment. Previous student honorees include Claire Mesa; Erik Dingus; Sarah Gessner; East High School Key Club; Roots and Wings Youth Leaders; and The Learning Lab Recycling Group of Harlem Middle School.

To nominate an organization or person for an award, submit the following documents: a completed nomination form; a cover letter explaining in 250 words or fewer why the nominee should receive the award; and any supplementary materials such as photos or testimonials. (These materials will not be returned. Digital files accepted.) The completed nomination package must reach the KNIB office at 5417 N. Second St., Loves Park, by 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Multiple nomination forms will be accepted from the same person or agency.

For more about the April 2 Earth Day Awards Luncheon, sponsorships or tickets, visit www.knib.org, or contact KNIB at (815) 637-1343 or info@knib.org.

From the Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2015, issue

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