Environmental Excellence Awards Honor Forward-Thinking Initiatives

The Event: 41st Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

The Cause: Arizona Forward

Event Date: April 29, 2023

Location: JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Presenting Sponsor: SRP

President’s Award Recipient: The Nature Conservancy – Urban Heat Leadership Academy

Crescordia Award Recipients: ASU and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District | City of Tempe | City of Tucson | Coconino County | Liberty Wildlife and Quantum Leap Productions | Arizona Department of Environmental Quality | Dig Studio | Weddle Gilmore Architects and the City of Scottsdale | Architekton | ON Advertising and The Plaza Companies | Colwell Shelor, LLC | Brown and Caldwell

Dollars Raised: $60,000+

Emcee: Cory McCloskey of Fox 10 News

Entertainment: Topkat Music

Notable Moments: Guests were greeted in the ballroom with hand-carved wood boards in the shape of a rustic heart at the center of each table, which were used as charcuterie boards for the appetizers as guests were seated. Each one was for sale to raise additional funds for the organization. The President’s Award recipient was The Nature Conservancy for their Urban Heat Leadership Academy – a free opportunity for Phoenix residents to become more knowledgeable on advocating for greener and healthier communities. There was a touching tribute to Kelly Barr of SRP, a long-time board member and partner of the Environmental Excellence Awards program, as she retires after five years. 

Photos courtesy of SRP

Liberty Wildlife – “The Weight of a Feather” Documentary Film
City of Tucson Tucson Ward 6 Glass and Plastic Reuse Project
City of Phoenix Well Site Reuse – A Time Machine Called Tinaja
ASU, Architekton – Arizona State University Walton Center for Planetary Health
City of Scottsdale, Weddle Gilmore Architects – Pima Dynamite Trailhead
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality – Surface Water Clean-Ups Protect Water Quality and Enhance Vital Habitats in Arizona
Intel Corporation – 50th Anniversary Award
Coconino County – Elizabeth “Liz” C. Archuleta County Park: Fostering Hope, Heritage, and Community Centered Environmental Education

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