Environmental Excellence Honorees Recognized at Trashion Show

Asheville GreenWorks is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 Environmental Excellence Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability by individuals, organizations, schools and businesses located in Asheville and throughout Buncombe County. The winners will be honored at the Environmental Awards Night and Trashion Show on Saturday, April 14.

The 45-year-old non-profit organization will also pay tribute to Tyler Garrison, founder of The Regeneration Station and Junk Recyclers who died in a tragic motorcycle accident in February of this year. In his life and his work, Garrison exemplified environmental sustainability. Friends and co-workers will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award for Garrison on his behalf.

2018 Environmental Excellence Award Winners:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jean Webb, champion of the French Broad River and founder of both Asheville GreenWorks (Quality Forward) and RiverLink.
  • Individual: Melissa Acker, Facilities Manager at UNCA
  • Organization: Burton Street Community Association
  • Business: Southeastern Native Nursery, Brad Martin, Owner
  • Education: Lee Ann Smith, Teacher at Glen Arden Elementary
  • Golden Shovel Award for an innovative, collaborative project that demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability: Town of Woodfin and Friends of the Woodfin Greenway & Blueway

The 2018 awards night will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore from 6- 9 p.m. The evening will include performances by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater, a runway show featuring trashion designs by local artists, presentation of Environmental Excellence Awards, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and dessert and coffee for all guests. VIP ticket holders will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at trashion designs, front-row seating and a special VIP reception.

Tickets for this 18+ event are $50 for General Admission; $40 for GreenWorks Members. VIP tickets are $75-$125. Tickets can be purchased at the GreenWorks office or online at tinyurl.com/AGW2018. Dress is cocktail attire (repurposed and upcycled fashion is encouraged).

Helen Chickering, reporter and host of All Things Considered for Blue Ridge Public Radio, will emcee the awards ceremony to announce and honor the winners of the 2018 Environmental Excellence Awards. Blake Butler, of Adapt PR and former host of Local Edge Radio on 880 the Revolution, will entertain and inform guests as the MC for the Trashion Show, which will feature designs made from trash (yes, trash) such as outfits made from coffee filters, broken glass, or plastic shopping bags.

Winners of Environmental Excellence Awards are selected based upon evidence of results that positively affect the environment. A panel of individuals representing a cross-section of the community, including Asheville GreenWorks staff and board, and representatives from RiverLink, Anchor QEA, MountainTrue, Asheville Design Center, Equinox and Green Built Alliance, evaluates nominees. Criteria include effectiveness; innovation, creativity and originality; environmental stewardship; leadership; and sustainability elements (how a nominee has improved social, economic and ecological conditions).

Established in 1973, Asheville GreenWorks inspires, equips and mobilizes individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. With thousands of volunteers, Asheville GreenWorks engages the community in grassroots projects including tree plantings, urban agriculture, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation of green spaces, and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.