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 The American Public Works Association (APWA) recently announced the recipient of the 2012 Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence. The City of Evanston’s Public Works Director, Suzette Robinson was presented with the award for the Department’s Thinking G.R.E.E.N. (Greater Recycling in Every Evanston Neighborhood) at a luncheon on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. One of the City’s Equipment Operator II’s, Robert Pompey, also received the Award of Merit at this luncheon.

The Charles Walter Nichols award was established in 1951 by Charles Walter Nichols of Nichols Engineering Research Corporation to recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement in the environmental field in its broadest sense. This may include street sanitation, refuse collection, disposal and recycling, sewers and sewage treatment, water supply, and water treatment.

Thinking G.R.E.E.N was the Evanston Public Works Department’s campaign that was launched in May 2011 to increase recycling education and awareness, and to show residents appreciation for their recycling efforts. The campaign consisted of three components: Introduction of Business District and Athletic Field Recycling, Get Caught Thinking G.R.E.E. N. Recycling Appreciation and Waste Audit Sign-Ups.

Additionally, Streets and Sanitation employee Robert Pompey was awarded the APWA Award of Merit, which is given to an individual at the operational level who performs his/her responsibilities in an exceptionally efficient and courteous manner. Robert Pompey has demonstrated these traits in the collection of his recycling route and the leadership and initiative he has shown in sanitation and snow removal operations.

“The city receiving these awards is personally gratifying because it is the first time that Evanston’s sanitation employees have been recognized outside of Evanston for the outstanding services they provide the Evanston community,” said Public Works Director Suzette Robinson.

The APWA is a non-for-profit professional association that serves professionals in all aspects of public works. They provide varied educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel to grow in their professionalism and directly impact the quality of life in all communities they serve.