CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

    

2013 Carl Gibbs
Environmental Excellence Award

The Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award is a symbol of commitment to California's environment. The award honors a wide array of individuals, businesses, municipalities, government agencies, organizations, institutions, all working to benefit our environment. The Award recognizes voluntary activities by companies and organizations, big or small, private or non-profit, in or work done in the City of Calabasas and in surrounding communities that result in cleaner air or water, less waste, less traffic, conservation of energy and natural resources, efficient and water conserving landscaping, or reduced use of hazardous materials, etc. Furthermore, the Award honors those organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment or innovation above and beyond their primary mission.

The Award is given by the City of Calabasas Environmental Commission and will be presented during the February 4, 2014 meeting at the City Hall. In selecting the recipients, the Commission will consider:

  • Measurable improvements to environmental quality

  • Ongoing or long-term environmental benefits

  • Creativity and innovation in technology or approach

  • Model achievements

  • Demonstrating a solid commitment to protecting the environment

  • Involving employees, governmental officials and/or community members in an environmental project

  • Showing a commitment to the public's best interests

  • Reaching out in an effective manner to stakeholders

  • Taking definitive steps to prevent pollution

  • Minimizing costs or demonstrating a payback on investments

Nominations for the Award are welcomed from individuals, companies, government agencies, consultants, educators, researchers and students. When selecting recipients, the Commission considers measurable improvements to environmental quality, creativity, environmental achievements, commitment to protecting the environment, promoting community involvement and other core values of the Award. Click here for the nomination form

Please mail or e-mail nominations by Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to:

City of Calabasas
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302-3172
Attn: Alex Farassati
E-mail: afarassati@cityofcalabasas.com

 

The Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award Nomination Form

Previous recipients of the Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award

 

Recipients of 2012 Car Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award

Left to right: Karen Brown, Woodland Hills Women’s Club,
Ms. Sandy Duncan, Teacher at A.C. Stelle Middle School,
Ms. Glenn Ellis, Shadow Oaks Wildlife Center

The Calabasas Environmental Commission gave recognition to two people and a club for their commitment to the environment at the annual Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award ceremony on February 9, 2012.

Founded in 1948, the Woodland Hills Woman’s Club is made up of women who are interested in promoting education, social welfare, medical research and the betterment of their community, country and the world. The Woodland Hills Woman’s Club (WHWC) is a non-profit, philanthropic organization comprised of women who are interested in promoting education, social welfare, medical research and the betterment of their community, state, country and the world. One of the programs that the club has supported for many years is the Penny Pines Plantations for California Reforestation Program. At the club’s monthly meetings, collection cans are put out at each table. The monthly collections for one year plus a club donation totaled $680 – enough money to purchase 10 acres of trees through the USDA Forest Service. With yet another year of wildfires and the dying of diseased or old trees, the WHWC feels that this is an important program to support. The ladies feel that supporting the reforestation program is important because it helps replant forests which supply homes for wildlife, stabilize land, control erosion from wind/rain, transform CO2 into oxygen, act as a natural “A/C” system for the earth plus, creates a really beautiful place to hike and camp.

Ms. Sandy Duncan, a teacher at A.C. Stelle Middle School, was nominated by the commission in recognition of her commitment to enhance the environment and promote recycling among her students. Ms. Duncan has taught in Las Virgenes schools since 1979. She has been teaching at A.C. Stelle since it opened eight years ago. Many of her students participated in 2012 Recycling Drawing Contest and 8 out of 14 winners of the 2011 contest were her students. The plaque was presented to her “In recognition of her commitment to enhance the environment as demonstrated by her efforts to promote the education of resource conservation and recycling at A. C. Stelle Middle School.” Ms. Duncan thanked the commission for the acknowledgement. “Sometimes I learn as much from my students as they learn from me,” she said. “Young people are perceptive and passionate about what they do. Recycling has become a way of life for them”, said Ms. Duncan.

Wildlife in an urban environment sometimes needs human help to survive. Thanks to the internet and better educated public and state agencies, wildlife babies can now go to a trained rehabber working under a permit from the Department of Fish and Game. Ms. Glenn Ellis started volunteering weekly at the California Wildlife Center (CWC) in 2003, transferring into their satellite homecare program in 2004. For the past seven years, she has been a satellite under the director (who is licensed by the Department of Fish and Game) of Shadow Oaks Wildlife Care, which deals strictly with mammals that can be cared for in each rehabber’s home. Glenn is 1 of 10 satellites, located from the SF Valley thru Malibu and up to Ojai. In fall of 2011, Glenn trained 3 new volunteers, including another member of WHWC, to help with the feeding and care of baby mammals. In 2011 over 277 baby squirrels passed through Ms. Glenn’s care. They were stabilized, grouped and then transferred to other Shadow Oaks’ rehabbers. Glenn continuously had between 15 and 30 babies being syringe fed 5 times/day. The really tiny ones stay with Glenn who is willing to do the 6 times/day feedings. The busiest months are March and September. Once the squirrels come in, it takes 2-3 months to ready them for release back into the wild. Glenn also cared for baby raccoons and a West Valley Animal Shelter confiscated adult squirrel that needed to be taught how to be a squirrel since it had been raised by humans and had never before seen another squirrel and, therefore, was not wild enough to survive until taught how to do so.


2010 Award Recipients

The Calabasas Environmental Commission recently presented the 2010 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award to four entities in four different categories. The 2010 honorees are California Recycles, Inc. in the category of recycling and waste reduction; Teens Against Toxin, in the category of Public Health; Tree People, in the category of Restoration; and Lupin Hill Elementary School Beautification/Green Team in the category of education and outreach. During the ceremony, a representative of California State Senator Fran Pavley presented a certificate of appreciation to all recipients.

California Recycles, Inc. has provided excellent service to many communities above and beyond their contractual obligations to local jurisdiction by collecting several hundred thousands of electronics in annual bases and by providing customer service to businesses that need a local company to dispose of their electronic waste. California Recycles also provide round ups at schools and community events in various areas within Los Angeles County.

Teen Against Toxins is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental clean-up. This group has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the radioactive and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Lab.

Tree people is a non-profit organization that provides education, materials and resources to capture, reuse and preserve natural resources. This organization trains and supports communities on how best to plant and care for trees and work with government agencies on critical groundwater supply issues.

Lupin Hill Beautification/Green Team is a group of parents, teachers and staff at Lupin Hill Elementary School in Calabasas that have worked tirelessly to educate students on benefits of recycling, especially during lunch time. They have raised fund to make the school a more beautiful place for kids by placing artificial turf in playgrounds, reducing waste, and promoting awareness in conservation of natural resources.

The 2010 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award was presented to the following individuals during the
February 8, 2011 Environmental Commission Meeting:
Lupin Hill Beautification/Green Team, Teens Against Toxins, Tree People & California Recycles, Inc.

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Recycling and Waste Reduction

Presented
to California Recycles, Inc.

California Recycles, Inc. has provided excellent service to many communities above and beyond their contractual obligations to local jurisdiction by collecting several hundred thousands of electronics in annual bases and by providing customer service to businesses that need a local company to dispose of their electronic waste. California Recycles also provide round ups at schools and community events in various areas within Los Angeles County.

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Restoration
Presented
to Tree People

Tree People is a non-profit organization that provides education, materials and resources to capture, reuse and preserve natural resources. This organization trains and supports communities on how best to plant and care for trees and work with government agencies on critical groundwater supply issues.

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Public Health

Presented
to Teens Against Toxins

Teens Against Toxins is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental clean-up. This group has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the radioactive and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Lab.

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Education and Outreach

Presented to Lupin Hill Beautification/Green Team

Lupin Hill Beautification/Green Team is a group of parents, teachers and staff at Lupin Hill Elementary School in Calabasas that have worked tirelessly to educate students on benefits of recycling, especially during lunch time. They have raised fund to make the school a more beautiful place for kids by placing artificial turf in playgrounds, reducing waste, and promoting awareness in conservation of natural resources.

 


2009 Award Recipients and the Calabasas Environmental Commission

The 2009 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award was presented to the following individuals during the
January 5, 2010 Environmental Commission Meeting:

 

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award - Water Conservation Category
Presented
to Mr. Charles Caspary,  President of the Board of Directors of the
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD)

During his tenure at the Water District, Charles Caspary has demonstrated a high level of commitment to customers within LVMWD's service area. His leadership regarding water supplies, local, state, and national water issues, water conservation, and water policies has been a strong force in determining LVMWD's course during the past nine years. During the current water shortage, Mr. Caspary has actively participated at community workshops and public outreach events, speaking with customers about the difficult decisions necessary to address the water shortage. He has shared his environmental commitment not only with residents and community leaders but with students participating in LVMWD's Environmental Water Science Workshops, for local high school participants, sharing his philosophies on conservation and demonstrating environmental practices. His presence at these sessions has been a highlight for the students and his enthusiasm is contagious. As president of LVMWD's board during the District's celebration year of 50 years of service to the community, Mr. Caspary recognized many outstanding citizens and businesses for their commitment to water conservation and leadership.


Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award - Education and Recycling Category
Presented to
Ms. Marilyn Fine, Art Teacher at Lindero Canyon Middle School

As an art teacher, Marilyn Fine is committed to not only sharing her love of art with her students but also encouraging them to use their creativity in order to make a difference in the community and their own future.  Throughout her years at Lindero Canyon Middle School, she has presented her young artists with projects that teach them about the environment and convey a message to those that view the art.  She has used clay to design ceramic pots on which the students sculpted and carved images about water conservation, protecting our oceans, saving electricity, protecting animal life, and the issue of global warming.  When the pots were completed they planted seeds and watched their efforts blossom.  The Calabasas Recycling Calendar is another way to demonstrate the importance of recycling and to encourage others to participate throughout the year.  Her students have entered the past two years, and she’s convinced that creating visual interpretations of the theme is a valuable lesson for them and anyone who uses the calendar.  Whether it was paper recycling in 2009 and food waste recycling for the 2010 calendar, her middle school students realized their art can make a difference.  Yet in doing art they go through a lot of paper, and so they are continually recycling paper at school. 

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award - Environmental Health Category
Presented
Ms. Robina Suwol,  Founder and Executive Director of California Safe Schools

Robina Suwol is the Founder and Executive Director of California Safe Schools (CSS), a celebrated children's environmental health and environmental justice non-profit coalition of over fifty organizations located in Southern California committed to the health and safety of children, staff and community members who reside near school sites.  CSS is internationally recognized for spearheading the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation at Los Angeles Unified School District (2nd largest in the nation).  This policy called Integrated Pest Management Policy (IPM), uses low risk methods to eliminate pest and weeds. The policy was the first in the United States to embrace the Precautionary Principle and Parents Right to Know about pesticides used on school campuses.  Today it has become the model for school districts and communities internationally. October 6, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 405 (Montanez) sponsored by California Safe Schools. This law closes a loophole protecting more than 6 million California K-12 public school students, and hundreds of thousands of teachers and school employees from exposure to experimental pesticides whose health effects are unknown. Ms. Suwol gives frequent presentations on safety to parents, students, school officials & legislators.


The 2008 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award was presented to the following individuals during the February 3, 2009 Environmental Commission Meeting:
 

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to the Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley (Represented by Victoria Garcia)

In recognition of their commitment to protect the environment, preserve the wildlife, recycle solid waste and clean-up creeks, that has been demonstrated in their tireless effort and active participation in community events.


Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to Cindy Kamin-Brenek, Teacher at Castlebay Lane Elementary School

In recognition of her commitment to enhance the environment which has been demonstrated by her tireless efforts to promote education of resource conservation and recycling at Castlebay Lane Elementary School.


Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to the California Wildlife Center (Represented by Victoria Harris)

In recognition of their commitment to protect wildlife through rescuing, treating and reintroducing injured animals into the wild and to educate the public about the risks that animals face in urban environment.


Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to Aerospace Cancer Museum (Represented by William Bowling & Christina Walsh)

In recognition of their commitment to raise awareness about the serious impacts to the environment and public health from nuclear and aerospace operations.


Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to Cornell Preservation Organization (Represented by Collen Diane Holmes)

In recognition of their commitment to protect the environment and to restore and clean-up creeks and canyons.


The 2007 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award was presented to the following individuals during the February 5, 2008 Environmental Commission Meeting:
 

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to Mr. David Brown

In recognition of his commitment to enhance the environment which has been demonstrated by advocating policies and plans for wildlife protection, the preservation of oak trees, creeks and riparian habitat, the acquisition and maintenance of open space and the development of real property in Calabasas.


Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to Ms. Trisha Naomi Kane

In recognition of her commitment to enhance the environment which has been demonstrated by her tireless efforts to promote education of resource conservation and recycling at A.E. Wright Middle School and especially to special need students.

Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
Presented to Dr. Randal Orton

In recognition of his commitment to enhance the environment which has been demonstrated by his innovation and dedication to applied science in the quest to improve the base of knowledge and conditions found in the Malibu Creek Watershed.


The 2006 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award was presented to the Peters family for their dedication to the streams, trees and natural beauty found throughout the community.

Environmental Excellence Award

Presented to
John, Laura, Hana, Claire and Rebecca Peters in recognition of their commitment to enhance the environment which has been demonstrated by their devotion of hundreds of hours in community projects,such as habitat restoration and youth naturalist programs.
Environmental Commission
February 6, 2007

(Click here for the Press Release)


The 2005 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award was presented to Debbie O'Hare Bruschaber.
 

Environmental Excellence Award

Presented to
Debra O'Hare Brushaber
In recognition of her commitment to enhance the environment which has been demonstrated by her years of outstanding efforts in working to acquire, enhance and protect Headwaters Corner and to preserve open space and develop public trails in the City of Calabasas.
Environmental Commission
January 3, 2006

(Click here for the Press Release)

For additional information, please contact:

City of Calabasas
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302-3172
Attn: Alex Farassati
Phone: (818) 224-1600

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