The Imagination & Place Environmental Award, presented annually from 2005 through 2009, was established in partnership with the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Division and was designed to recognize Douglas County community members who made a demonstrable and positive impact on the local, regional, and/or global environment. The following categories were recognized: businesses, educators, artists, volunteers, and public servants. The award was presented each year on or near Earth Day, April 22. The Imagination & Place Environmental Award was created each year by a different artist living in Douglas County who was personally committed to the preservation of the natural environment. The inspiration for the award comes from the idea of giving something beautiful for something beautifully done.
William H. Busby won the 2009 Imagination & Place Environmental Award for Public Servants (government employees). He is holding the award artwork by Paul Hotvedt.
The Schwegler Elementary School PTA, Cans for the Community, Friends of the Kaw, Friends of Hidden Valley, and Marie Stockett won the 2008 Imagination & Place Environmental Award for Volunteers. Each of the five winners received an award artwork by Lisa Grossman. (Click on I&P Photo Gallery for more pictures and identification of individuals.)
Artist Laura Ramberg, left, and writer Ken Lassman, right, won 2007 Imagination & Place Environmental Awards for Artists. They are standing next to the award artworks by Rick Mitchell. (For more information and pictures, click on Events History and on I&P Photo Gallery.)
Kansas Biological Survey Associate Scientist and plant ecologist Kelly Kindscher won the 2006 Imagination & Place Environmental Award for an Educator. He is standing in the center of the group to the right of the award artwork by Heather Smith Jones. Award runners-up are, left to right: Nancy O’Connor, nutrition educator and outreach coordinator, Community Mercantile Co-op; David Owen, of the Trinity Episcopal Church environmental stewardship committee; Rex Powell, retired high school biology teacher and conservation activist; and Marty Birrell, nature interpretative supervisor, Prairie Park Nature Center.
The Community Mercantile won the 2005 Imagination & Place Environmental Award for Business. Standing to the left of the award artwork by Paul Hotvedt are, left to right, Laurell Matthews and Jeanie Wells of The Merc. Standing to the right, left to right, are award runners-up Chuck Magerl, of the Free State Brewing Company, and Mark Zwahl, of Z’s Divine Espresso.