City seeks nominations for environmental award

January 19, 2009

By Jeff Richards

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City officials are preparing to honor a local environmentalist and activist by accepting nominations for the 2009 Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community.

Since its creation in 2003, the award has been handed out to individuals who have worked within the community to preserve Issaquah’s natural resources.The award was named after Ruth Kees, an active and honored environmentalist in Issaquah since she moved to Tiger Mountain in 1960.

Bill Longwell received the award posthumously last year for his work designing the trail network on Tiger and Squak mountains. Past winners include Joanna Buehler, who founded the environmental group Save Lake Sammamish and served on the board of several nonprofit organizations, in addition to many other environmental advocacy roles.

Award winners will get to select a tree to be planted in a future honorary Grove of Trees, their names will be engraved on a commemorative plaque, and Mayoral and Council Proclamation announcements will be made about them in local publications.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and City Council President Maureen McCarry will choose the winner, and the award will be presented at a City Council meeting in April.

Nominations must be completed and submitted to the city’s Resource Conservation Office by 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

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