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Environmental Awareness Award

Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients!

The Environmental Awareness Awards are presented by the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS® to Washtenaw County individuals, organizations or businesses who are proactive on environmental issues including:
• Using products that contain recycled materials or energy saving qualities.
• Taking steps to clean up environmental problems.
• Developing innovative recycling or reuse programs.
• Restoration and remodeling efforts that promote historical preservation and reuse materials.


Faith in Action

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Faith in Action, a community organization in Dexter that provides free assistance to local residents, goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure nothing they receive to help aide the community goes to waste. People from anywhere are able receive clothing, food and other necessities from the pantry, and the items that are not donated are put to other good uses. Clothing that is unusable are sent to a company to use for rags for painting and cleaning companies or sent to countries that are in desperate need of clothing. Electronics are recycled and food that is rotting or beyond the expiration date is given to people within the community who have farm animals that will eat it. Old medical equipment is stored and loaned out to people from any community as needed at no cost or are shipped to doctors working in Third World countries overseas. Director Nancy Paul ensures nearly every item that comes to Faith in Action is put to use or is recycled.


Alex Young of Zingerman’s Roadhouse and Cornman Farms

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Chef Alex Young, founder of Zingerman’s Roadhouse and Cornman Farms, is passionate about food, the environment, and teaching youth about environmental efforts. He has been responsible for the recycling and reuse programs at Zingermans Roadhouse, using all vegetables, food scraps and biodegradable items which are brought to Cornman Farms to be composted. In addition, all take-out containers used at Zingerman’s Road house are biodegradable. Alex also spends much of his time educating the youth in public schools to help learn about environmental efforts. He participates in the Farmer in the Classroom program through the Agrarian Adventure Farm to School for 4th and 5th graders. He hosts Ann Arbor’s Steam School and Dexter’s 2nd grade class visits to Cornman Farms with educational tours, and teaches two classes each year in the Life Skills curriculum in Dexter’s 7th grade class. He also presents a class on organic versus conventional farming to Belleville High School. 



Past Environmental Awareness Award Recipients

1997 - Mallet's Wood: Efficient use of land.

1998 - Sunward CoHousing: Efficient use of land.

1999 - Huron Valley Watershed Council: Adopt a Stream Program.

1999 - Ed Shaffran: ReUse of buildings.

2000 - ReUse Center: Recycling efforts.

2000 - EnHouse Recycle Ann Arbor: Green building demonstration.

2001 - Habitat for Humanity

2002 - Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Project: Wetland preservation.

2003 - Mallet's Creek Library: Environmental friendly building practices.

2005 - Barry Wallace: Lifelong commitment to keeping Washtenaw County drinking water pure.

2005 - Cardea Construction: Green renovation of home at 1515 South Maple.

2006 - The Conlin Company: Reduction of paved parking areas in Scio Village Condominiums.

2006 - The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources: Green renovation of building.

2007 - Mayor John Hiefje: Environmental friendly policies.

2007 - Robyn Angle: Green construction of Clearlake home.

2008 - Big George's Appliance Mart: Green construction of new store on Stadium Boulivard.

2009 - Gordon Hall

2009 -  The Cedars

2010 - Architectural Resources, LLC: Embracing green initiatives in her work as a REALTOR.

2010 - Meadowlark Builders: Their reuse, recycling, and energy efficient practices.

2011 - Laura Shope: Embracing green initiatives in her work in real estate.

2011 - Habitate for Humanity Huron Valley.

2012 - Matt & Kelly Grocoff, GreenovationTV.com

2012 - First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor

2013 - Matt & Rene Greff, Arbor Brewing Company 

2013 - The Betty Brigade

2014 - Urban Energy Works, LLC

2014 - The Village of Dexter

2015- Ann Arbor Learning Community

2015 - City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt District Program and Green Things Farm

2016 - Urban Ashes

       2017 - Faith in Action and Alex Young of Zingerman's Roadhouse & Cornman Farms


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