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2005 Environmental Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2005 Environmental Excellence Awards!

The Seventh Annual Environmental Excellence Awards presentation was held on September 21st at the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Meeting.

The Environmental Excellence Awards Program aims to recognize businesses and non-profit organizations in Washtenaw County that provide leadership in environmental stewardship in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction and recycling, and pollution prevention. Winners not only comply with environmental regulations, but they also implement innovative practices to protect our environment.

The 2005 Environmental Excellence Overall Winner is ReCellular Inc. The company recycles and reconditions cell phones to sell at a reduced cost to women's shelters and elderly citizens in need. Not only has ReCellular created an end market for electronic waste they have also created more than 150 jobs here in Washtenaw County.

The Excellence in Water Quality Protection goes to Daimler Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea. They incorporate specifications in their bid documents that pertain to environmental protection, include landscaping with low maintenance plants, and maintain and regularly inspect their detention and retention ponds. Honorable mentions were given to Liebherr Aerospace of Saline and the Daycroft Montessori School.

The Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling goes to Cardea Construction. Awarded the 2004 Green Achievement Award by the Home Builders of Washtenaw County, Cardea Construction recycles demolition debris and recovers reusable materials for resale at the RAA Re-Use Center. They also promote green building materials and ideas in their remodeling work to their clients. The honorable mention award goes to Recycle Ann Arbor and Lincoln Consolidated Schools.

The Excellence in Pollution Prevention goes to Elastizell Inc. of Dexter for their exceptional efforts in waste reduction and spill prevention. Honorable mention was given to Thompson Shore Printing of Dexter.

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