Commission honors Bryant Sayers with Environmental Merit Award

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The City’s Environmental Affairs Commission has selected Bryant Sayers as the recipient of its 2018 Environmental Merit Award in recognition of his formation of the Neighborhood Response Team and that group’s ongoing cleanup efforts in the West End.

A member of the Carmichael Neighborhood Association, Sayers saw a problem with trash piling up in their area and formed the Neighborhood Response team in early 2016. Bringing together churches and other community groups, the team continues to conduct regular cleanups, making a lasting difference in the neighborhood. Sayers will receive his award at a presentation during the City Council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

“Bryant and his group are an extraordinary example of what it means to take action to keep a part of Sierra Vista beautiful,” says Dennis Ehrenberger, chair of the commission’s Environmental Merit Award selection task force. “The Neighborhood Response Team has removed over 50 tons of trash from various streets, alleys, and washes in the area. This award recognizes his effort with the hope that it encourages others to participate in initiatives like this one.”

The Environmental Affairs Commission created the Environmental Merit Award to recognize individuals, businesses, service groups, or organizations that strive to meet or exceed the City of Sierra Vista’s environmental goals. Areas of interest include water conservation, environmental stewardship, and recycling.

Eligible award categories include: achievement in energy efficiency or conservation, achievement in water efficiency or conservation, renewable energy programs, and the ability to recycle materials for reuse.

Applications for the 2019 Environmental Merit Award will be accepted through June 30. For more information, or to download an application form, click here.

About the EAC

The Environmental Affairs Commission was established in 1993 to advise the City Council on environmental issues, programs, and procedures relating to reduction, reuse, recycling, energy conservation, environmental stewardship, waste management, regulatory compliance, water conservation, community education, and environmental demonstration projects.