By Patrick Fancher
Local award season is just around the corner, but before judges can hand out the hardware, the contenders must first be named. That’s where you come in, community members! The Benton County Board of Commissioners and Environmental Issues Advisory Committee (EIAC) is ready to accept your nominees for the second annual Benton County Environmental Award. This is your opportunity to choose the individual or organization that best exemplifies a commitment to improving our environment, beyond just the basic requirements.
The EIAC is looking for candidates who have enhanced environmental conditions in Benton County, implemented environmental projects or practices with tangible results, shown leadership in improving the county environment, and/or supported the County Sustainability Policy with their efforts.
Last year, David Eckert and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Water Action Team demonstrated that commitment by decreasing water usage and increasing the cleanliness of local streams, winning the first Benton County Environmental Award.
The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, Sept. 1. The EIAC will review all nominations and make a recommendation to the county board of commissioners, who will follow suit before naming the award-winner (or winners). Applicants will be contacted by the EIAC with the final decision.
The EIAC will hold a public forum at the Corvallis-Benton County Library on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. where they will award this year’s winner.
The nomination form and more information are available online at http://www.co.benton.or.us/boc/pio/documents/environmental_award.pdf.