Green Project Award: The Deck and Door Company – Bob Heidenreich and Dan Olsen
The Deck and Door Company, led by Bob Heidenreich and recycling enthusiast-employee Dan Olsen, win this award for their creative reuse of cardboard boxes into packing material for outgoing shipments that has replaced their use of Styrofoam peanuts.
Public Service Award: Representative Rick Hansen
Rep. Hansen has a long history of supporting recycling, product stewardship and sustainable environmental practices on all fronts. In 1989, he initiated the nation’s first pesticide container collection program. Recently, he has been a leader in the fight to test and manage contaminants like micro-plastics in the environment. A perennial pollinator champion, Rep. Hansen successfully introduced and passed, the “Lawns to Legumes” program which combats one of the major threats to bees and other pollinators—habitat loss—and could serve as a national model for turning our ever-expanding urban and suburban areas into pollinator paradises.
Recycler of the Year Award: Costco Maplewood
The Costco Warehouse in Maplewood, notably the recycling champion, Jennifer Edman, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to expanding their existing single stream and organics recycling programs. Jennifer Edman lead the Costco team to add recycling and organics containers to the warehouse back-of-house areas, including staff break rooms, which has contributed to an increased rate of collection of recycling and organic materials.
Denise Kolar Award: Brita Sailer
Brita’s dedication to the environment is felt from her home in Northern Minnesota, to the state capitol and the RAM office. Her work with the RAM spans 20+ years through service on the Board of Directors and as the Executive Director for the past 6.5 years.