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Office of Environmental Stewardship Receives More Awards

The Office of Environmental Stewardship recently received the following awards:

Karen Siddall, Drainage Program Coordinator, received the Texas Stream Team Partner Recognition Award in recognition of her promoting the Texas Stream Team Program, getting people in Irving involved, and for performing 79 monitoring demonstrations in 2012. Siddall received this award on April 11.

Siddall, also received the Exemplary Service Award in the category of Public Education from the Texas Water Utilities Association-North Central Texas Regional School on May 14. This award is given to those who serve the need for improved public awareness of the importance of water and the issues involved in the water utilities industry. Recipients must have performed acts of service such as giving talks or demonstrations, conducting tours, utilization of the news media or other methods involving the public by the industry or the local utility. Siddall had 108 events/classes/demonstrations, with 16,010 attendees in FY 2011-12.

The City of Irving will be recognized on June 6 as being the recipient of First Place in the Category of "Closing the Loop" at the Greater DFW Recycling Alliance's 2013 Recycling Leadership Awards Luncheon. The City of Irving was selected to receive this award for outstanding achievement with the Green Seam Project. The Green Seam Project began in 2009 in a effort to reduce the number of plastic grocery bags being consumed at the local grocery stores and to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic grocery bags on the environment and the necessity of using reusable shopping bags. Green Seam reusable shopping bags are made from donated fabric and T-shirts destined for the landfill. Local seamstresses sew each bag. The unique bags are then given at local environmental events and classes. To date, 6,418 Green Seam reusable shopping bags have been distributed, potentially saving landfills approximately 333,736 plastic shopping bags.

Posted on May 22

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