PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Victoria Van Loon of Lake County received four separate nominations for the honor of being Lake County’s environmental citizen of 2001.
Van Loon and five other individuals and groups will be honored by the
Lake County Environmental Education Committee when it presents its annual Environmental Improvement Awards April 27 at the Burroughs Nature Club meeting at the Willoughby United Methodist Church.
The awards are presented in honor of significant efforts to improve the county’s environment.
Van Loon has placed 28 acres of her land along Kellogg Creek in the Grand River watershed into a permanent conservation casement to protect it from development.
Other honorees will include Grand River Partners, Inc. which will receive the organization award for its efforts to provide conservation education to landowners along the Grand River and its tributaries and its work with landowners to establish permanent conservation easements.
Lake County commissioners Daniel Troy, Bob Aufuldish and Mildred Teuscher, are being honored with the governmental award for enacting erosion and sedimentation regulations that will help preserve Lake County’s clean water into the future.
Two teachers are being honored.
Karen Rayl, Wickliffe Middle School, is being recognized for her work to monitored the Chagrin River with her students since 1994, and the “adopt-a-tree” program she runs at the school. She teaches about solid waste/recycling and does cleanups with her class.
Wendy Gunzelman, Wickliffe Elementary School, started a successful waste recycling program with her fourth grade students which is now serving the entire school.
The business honoree is P.C.C. Airfoils, Inc. of Wickliffe that has conducted a facility-wide waste assessment and was able to reduce solid waste by 50 percent. It also began an in-plant recycling program.
The awards ceremony will be held in the church downstairs fellowship hall at 7:30 p.m., with the program of the Burroughs Nature Club following. Both the ceremony and program are open to the public.
Willoughby United Methodist Church is located adjacent to the Willoughby City Hall on River Street in downtown Willoughby.