The Suburban Branch of the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) has selected Evanston’s “Thank You for Thinking G.R.E.E.N.” recycling awareness and education program as the recipient of the 2012 Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence.

This award recognizes excellence in completing public works and in alliances between municipality, consultant and contractor.

The Thank You for Thinking G.R.E.E.N (Greater Recycling in Every Evanston Neighborhood) was launched in May 2011 by the Evanston Public Works Department. It consisted of three components: Introduction of Business District and Athletic Field Recycling, Get Caught Recycling Appreciation and waste audit sign-ups.

The second component was implemented because it was determined that recognition for residents’ efforts was also important. Five households from each ward were chosen and awarded a can crusher as a token of appreciation and reminder to keep thinking G.R.E.E.N. in the future.

The third component provided the opportunity for residents and businesses to call the City’s information hotline to request waste audits.

The audits included a review of current disposal habits, solid waste fees and information on how recycling may lower those fees.

For the Award of Merit, which recognizes excellence in completing public works, the Suburban Branch of the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) has selected Robert Pompey, an equipment operator in the Public Works Department.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson pointed to the effectiveness with which Mr. Pompey carries out his job, such that he “often makes himself available to assist co-workers.”

He “regularly takes a leadership role on committees that involve improving public service and operational efficiency” and “his interaction with the residents of Evanston is exemplary,” said Ms. Robinson.

Further, she said, his readiness to respond to special projects and emergency situations have made him “the Public Works ‘go-to’ person.”

She wrote that “Mr. Pompey [w]as the best possible candidate for the Award of Merit.”