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Winners: 2014 Sustainability Awards

Christmas tree recycling makes for better fishing

How do Christmas trees and fishing go together? For a Bear Creek Lake Park ranger, the two inspired him to create a program that recycled live Christmas trees from residents while improving underwater habitat in the park’s reservoir.

Luke Wilson’s project to sink the donated Christmas trees in the reservoir has earned him one of Lakewood’s annual Sustainability Awards. He and the other award winners and special recognition recipients will be honored by Lakewood City Council at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28 during the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers, 480 S. Allison Parkway. A reception for the recipients precedes the meeting.

Lakewood established the annual Sustainability Awards in 2008 to recognize members of the community who are leading the way to a more sustainable future. For more information, visit

Community Sustainability Awards
Lamar Station Crossing, an apartment complex built by Metro West Housing Solutions within a half-block of the Lamar Station on the W line, is one of only three projects west of the Mississippi River to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Neighborhood Development certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Aquaponics Project by Red Rocks Community College’s Engineers for a Sustainable World collaborated to develop a system to grow vegetables for the school cafeteria.
The Eiber Community Garden, founded by Lois Witte, the Eiber Garden Community and Denver Urban Gardens, enables students at Eiber Elementary School in Lakewood and neighborhood residents to learn about local food production while growing their own produce. 

Defender of the Planet
Addison Brigner, a third-grader at Glennon Heights Elementary School in Lakewood, grew her own cabbage and along the way learned gardening skills, where food comes from and responsibility.

Recreation employee Kyle Parker took the initiative to kick start recycling in the park by putting recycling bins in dugouts and personally hauling the recyclables to a location for recycling. 
Park ranger Luke Wilson started the Christmas TreeCycle Program at Bear Creek Lake Park, which sank live Christmas trees provided by residents in the park’s reservoir to create important underwater habitat. 

Special Recognition
Box and Ship Express is a Lakewood business with recycling and reuse as a core value. Owner Bill Wright recycles and reuses the materials that pass through his shipping store, and he has supported reusing computers by providing reconfiguring and repair services.
The Back Fence newsletter built a loyal following as Lakewood resident William Spriggs voluntarily produced a weekly serving of livable community and “green” transportation news and information.

Posted on: Thursday, April 24, 2014