Environmental awards and Earth Month contest winners were announced at the Earth Month Finale and Alternative Energy Expo on Saturday, April 28 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. The winner of the Tapteal Greenway's Conservationist of the Year was Andy Plymale. Andy has been a long-time volunteer for the Tapteal Greenway and a highly successful fundraiser. He played a key role in organizing concerts to benefit the Amon Basin Community Project in 2006 and 2007, and is a willing on-call volunteer, helping with various special projects. School contests include a Reuse-a-Shoe and Aluminum Can Contest. The school that collected the most athletic shoes for the annual Reuse-a-Shoe Contest was Badger Mountain Elementary School with 155 pair. They received a check from Washington State University Tri-Cities for $200. Thirteen schools collected a total 540 pair during the Earth Month Contest. The winner of the Aluminum Can Contest, sponsored by Pacific Recycling, was awarded to Marcus Whitman Elementary School for collecting 400 pounds of cans. Second place was awarded to Sunset View Elementary and third to Burbank Elementary. Clayton Ward Recycling and Basin Recycling also awarded .10 over market rate for each pound collected. A total of 715 pounds of aluminum were recycled.  Gail Everett, Environmental Education Coordinator City of Richland Mid-Columbia Earth Month Chair ~ www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/enviro ~ http://www.earthmonthmc.org/ Posted by Colleen Lane on
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