The purpose of the Muskegon Area Sustainability Award is to recognize individuals, organizations, businesses and groups for significant contributions to a better environment in Muskegon County.

2014 Nomination Form [ HERE ]



  1. Sustainability Awards are engraved plaques naming the recipient, the category, and the date of the award.
    • These awards are given only to the top winners in each category.
    • More than one EE Award may be given in a category if all criteria are met.
    • EE Awards will not be awarded in a category if none of the applicants meet the criteria.

Educating the public, especially youth, about our natural environment is probably the most important factor in maintaining the future health of the natural systems in our community. Recipients of awards in this category will most likely be teachers, school systems, media or conservation groups.

Solid, long-term programs for teaching environmental education to youth should be a primary focus of these awards.

Incorporation of environmental education goals above the general Michigan suggested curriculum requirements will be demonstrated by school award recipients. Implementation of goals must be demonstrated.

Natural Resources
Awards in this category should focus on programs that restore, protect or enhance natural habitats such as streams, wetlands, lakes, and forests. Typical award recipients could be associations, conservation groups, individuals, landowners, or developers.

Business and industry are required to comply with regulations and laws designed to prevent contamination of the environment. Awards may be given to firms that show significant progress in cutting pollution beyond what is required, in developing or implementing new processes that prevent pollution, cut waste, and/or conserve resources.

New and innovative programs must demonstrate results. Monetary gain or loss is not necessarily important.

Local units of government administering aggressive environmental programs should be the focus of awards in this category. Programs initiated or mandated by state or federal requirements will not receive awards. Typical programs might include air/water pollution control, hazardous waste control or solid waste recycling. Planning commissions and zoning boards incorporating good environmental direction in community planning might receive awards.

Government awards should be given to programs that show leadership in the community.

Newspapers, magazines and other publications, television organizations and radio stations that do an outstanding job of providing environmental information, services, and/or community projects may be nominated for an award. Broadcast media based outside Muskegon County are exempt from the residency requirement if their signals reach all of our area.

Muskegon County agricultural businesses that show excellent environmental sensitivity are eligible for this award. The enterprise may be a public or private unit in any agricultural area including farming, ranching, lumbering and landscape products. Awardable projects must have proven successful over a period of years in providing a stable income while maximizing environmental protection.

Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is reserved for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to environmental quality in Muskegon County over a period of decades



  • Sustainability Champion – Individual
    Dennis Kirksey, Kirksey Investment Corporation,
    Dr. Doris Rucks, Dr. Thomas Tisue
  • Sustainability Champion – Corporate
    Benson Drug Store, Carmen’s Cafe, GE Aviation - Muskegon
  • Sustainability Champion – Non-Profit
    Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center,
    VITA Program of Goodwill Industries
  • Sustainability Champion – Governmental
    Blue Lake Township – Mr. Don Studaven,
    City of Muskegon – Mr. Bob Fountain
  • Sustainability Champion – Education
    Reeths-Puffer Schools


  • Protection and Restoration - Thomas Berdinski
  • Lifetime Achievement Bluebird Conservation and Recovery - Carol LaPres-Beyers
  • Environmental Education Through Art - Ronace Zielinski-Hogan
  • Pursuit of Solutions to Long Term Problems - Kim Arter
  • Place Based Environmental Education - Dave Craymer
  • Sustainable Business Practices - Dr. Randy Kovicak


  • Envronmental Club Guidance - Susan Tate
  • Innovation in Place Based Education - Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
  • Environmentally Based Building Practices - Jack Kennedy
  • Student Inspiration - Sarah Pregitzer


  • Agriculture - Ted and Cheryl Stein
  • Business & Industry - Campbell Grinder Company
  • Education - Sara Busken
  • Government - Muskegon City Commission
  • Individual - Annoesjka Steinman\
  • Media - Ma Darn Chin Productions
  • Natural Resources - Mona Lake Watershed Council
  • Commendation - Jeff Knowlton


  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Innovative treatment technologies at the Ott Chemical Company Superfund Site
  • Ken Brown, Recycling Efforts at the White Lake Area Solid Waste Station
  • Alan Steinman, Director of GVSU Annis Water Reseources Institute and dedication to scientific research in local waterways
  • Arn Boezaart, Individual Achievement
  • Wes Lomax, Individual Achievement
  • Janessa Stroud, Computer Recycling
  • Rudy Bartels, Pollution Prevention Efforts at Herman Miller
  • Barb Green, Recycling Efforts at Herman Miller
  • Jim Austin, Lifetime Achievement


  • West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission
    Ozone Action Program, Muskegon Area-wide Plan Cross-jurisdictional planning at the watershed level
  • Krepps Farm, Sustainable Agriculture
  • ADAC Plastics, Innovative waste reduction practices
  • Pace Union Local 6-1015 and Bunker School, Grand Trunk Railroad cleanup and restoration project
  • Mark Evans, Individual Achievement
  • Darlene DeHudy, Individual Achievement
  • Allen Bell, Lifetime Achievement


  • Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, Wild Rice Project
  • City of Muskegon Heights, Elimination of liquid chlorine in water filtration process
  • Jeremy Wagenmaker - Bunker School, Salmon life cycle project
  • Sarah Corello and Alex Morton - Churchill School, Environmental Report Card
  • David Craymer - Muskegon High School, Excellence in promoting environmental education
  • Tom Hamilton, Lifetime Achievement


  • Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society, Educational Wetland Project
  • Howmet and Alcoa Company, The White River Initiative and company-wide environmental standards
  • Dean and Nancy Kantola Farms, Environmentally Friendly Agriculture
  • City of Muskegon, The Lakeshore Pathway
  • Ruddiman Creek Task Force, Promoting progress in cleaning up the creek
  • Mercy General Health Partners, Overall environmental performance including mercury reduction
  • Lake Michigan Federation, 10 years of environmental achievement in the Muskegon area
  • Kathy Evans, Individual achievement
  • Florence Bright and Colette Klukos, Giving the White Pine Partnership its start
  • Norman Ullman - City of Whitehall, Achieving the Tannery Bay cleanup


  • Michigan Nature Association
  • Outdoor Habitat Classroom Pilot Project, (Twin Lake, Phillips, Oakview, Glenside)
  • Camp Pendalouan's Outdoor Education Program
  • GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute/W.G. Jackson, Making Lake Michigan Great Tours
  • Baker College
  • Preservation of Whitey's Woods
  • Montague Township Recreation Committee
  • United States Postal Service, Muskegon Office
  • Sycamore Nature Preserve
  • Kurdziel Industries
  • Bluffton Bay Estates, LLC and Brenda Moore
  • Tensen Family Dairy, LLC
  • Florence Kiskey
  • The Michigan Nature Association (Commendation)
  • Scott Sieradzki (Commendation)


  • The Muskegon Chronicle
  • Dilesco Corporation
  • Muskegon Lake Task Force
  • City of Whitehall
  • White River Township
  • Friends of Musketawa Trail
  • Fred Wilder
  • Richard Rediske
  • WRI (GVSU) State of the Lakes Conference
  • Elizabeth Brockwell-Tillman
  • The Wildlife Habitat/Outdoor Classroom Project (Commendation)


  • Timberland R C & D
  • City of Muskegon Department of Public Works
  • Mona Shores Middle School Sixth Grade Science Camp
  • Swanson Pickle Company
  • Johnson Technology
  • Dr. Ron Ward
  • Marion Schroeder


  • Community Foundation for Muskegon County
  • Ross Park Elementary School
  • Reeths-Puffer Elementary School
  • Montague High School FFA
  • Elizabeth (Betty) Gutsell
  • Mary K. (Kasey) Hartz


  • Prince of Peace Church
  • Rich O'Neal
  • Muskegon Area LakeWatch Volunteers
  • Michigan Pines and Dunes Girl Scout Council
  • ESCO
  • Resource Recovery Corporation
  • Ted Stojak/Integrated Metal Technology
  • Greg Mund


  • West Michigan Region Environmental Network
  • UAW Local 637
  • Hackley Hospital
  • Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
  • Montague Township Board
  • Youth Volunteer Corps/Summer Days Day Camp
  • Trout Unlimited - White River Chapter
  • Master Tag Corporation
  • Making Waves Committee
  • Reeths-Puffer High School
  • Mona Shores High School, Student Services Class
  • William Jackson
  • Dave Peden, Site Manager/Remediation Coordinator Cordova Chemical Company (Commendation)
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee, Muskegon County - In response to the Community Right-to-Know Act (Commendation)


  • White Lake Sportfishing Association
  • Muskegon County Soil Conservation District
  • Mark Kutches, Orchard View High School
  • Lincoln Park School Ecology Club
  • Whitehall Intermediate School Sixth Grade
  • Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corporation
  • Burdick & Jackson Laboratories
  • William Schroeder, Jr.
  • Jane Wade
  • Wint and Betty Dahlstrom


  • Jeff P. Bonin
  • Nicole Marie Lee
  • John and Mary VanDenBrink
  • Helen Carlson
  • Lorin Industries
  • Fruitport Middle School with Special Recognition to Special Education
  • Teacher - Bobbi Tayor
  • Jolman Elementary School
  • Steele Middle School
  • Teacher Gene Hosko, Reeths-Puffer Elementary
  • Gary Packingham
  • Edward T.Goulet


  • Holton Elementary School
  • Bluffton Elementary School
  • City of Muskegon
  • City of Muskegon Heights, Downtown Development Authority
  • Plumb's Whitehall Store
  • Hy-Lift Division- SPX
  • Robert Meacham
  • Save Our Shoreline, Inc.
  • Tom Hamilton
  • Jeff Alexander


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