District 65 School Board member Katie Bailey was awarded the 2009 Walter Lucansky Environmental Stewardship Award at the annual Keep Evanston Beautiful, Inc., meeting on Sept. 25. The award is given annually to an individual who has shown through personal action his or her commitment to the preservation of the community’s natural resources, said KEB president Dick Peach. Ms. Bailey was chosen for her efforts at sustainability for District 65. In addition, as chair of the District 65 Ad Hoc Green Committee, she helped bring about an anti-idling policy for all District 65 schools, increased recycling efforts Districtwide, and brought an increased environmental awareness to the entire Board and Administration.
Staying green, Ms. Bailey was on a long-planned hiking trip with her sister and father in the Canadian Rockies. Her husband, Wynn, and her children, Abby and Hunter, accepted the plaque. Mr. Bailey read her remarks, which included the following: “I am thrilled to have been able to bring some attention to the efforts that were already going on across the District – from the gardens at Dawes to Roots & Shoots at Dewey, to recycling at Chute, to energy management from Lee Kulman … and to build on these by bringing an increased attention to environmental issues at the District administration and Board levels, so that we could provide greater support and encouragement to schools, teachers, students and parents.”
The slate of officers for the coming year was announced at the annual meeting: Dick Peach, president; Sally Ennis, vice president; Marge Lucansky, secretary; and Judy Elsass, treasurer. Mr. Peach also noted KEB’s activities for the past year, which include g the Adopt-A-Spot project, America Recycles Day, Cans for Cash, Earth Day contest, Garden Walk and the Green Living Festival.