Leesburg Seeks Nominations for Tolbert Environmental Awards

The Environmental Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for the 2016 Tolbert Environmental Achievement Awards. The award program recognizes students, community groups, and individuals who conduct or participate in activities that benefit the town’s environment.

Examples of such activities include: innovative use of recycled materials, including composting, or collection programs for materials that are recyclable or reusable; pollution prevention; waste reduction; protection of the natural environment; habitat improvement; beautification of the environment; environmental education; and monitoring the condition of Leesburg’s environment, such as its streams and habitats.

Last year, Tuscarora High School took home the Tolbert Award for its innovative environmental science program. Program initiatives included creating notepads from excess printed paper, a lunchroom recycling program, and the creation of a monarch butterfly garden waystation on the school grounds.

Nominations should be sent to Senior Planner Irish Grandfield at igrandfield@leesburgva.gov and should include a narrative, limited to 300 words, describing the person or group nominated and why they deserve to be recognized. The narrative should be specific about their efforts and achievements and include quantifiable measures of success if possible. Photos and other supplemental information may also be submitted. For more information, including the 2016 nomination form, go to leesburgisgreen.com.

Nominations must be submitted by close of business Friday, Oct. 21. The 2016 Tolbert Environmental Achievement Awards will be presented by the Town Council meeting on Dec. 13.