Green Life Awards

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2021 GreenLife Awards

Every year the GreenLife Awards is held in Athens, GA to honor organizations and individuals who go above and beyond in creating a more sustainable tomorrow for us all.  This year, we officially announced the GreenLife Award winners on Thursday, April 22, 2021 - Earth Day - through our 2021 Virtual GreenLife Awards program, hosted by Terrapin Beer Co. on their social media pages and ours. It featured awards from Solid Waste and our partnering organizations: Athens-Clarke County Stormwater, Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department, ACC Sustainability Office, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, UGA Extension, Athens Land Trust, Athens Community Tree Council, State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA, Upper Oconee Watershed Network,  and Oconee River Greenway.

The ceremony was held virtual through Terrapin’s “Tapping into Community” Facebook Live series. Terrapin’s “Tapping into Community” is a Facebook Live series which provides a platform for local members in our community to tell their stories. This virtual happy hour can be viewed here:

ACCGOV Recycling Division
Waste Innovator………………………….....………....Michael Goltzer
Business Waste Reduction……………………………W&A Engineering
Oscar, Recycling Coordinator of the Year……….......Sergeant Patricia Marks

Master Composter Program (UGA Extension & ACC Solid Waste Dept.)
Rot Star……………....................................................Condor Chocolates

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Green Life Student Art Show

The Green Life Art Contest is an annual art contest geared towards K-12 students that falls under the larger umbrella of the Athens-Clarke County Green Life Awards. Organized by several ACCGov divisions focused on environmental education and sustainability, the Green Life Awards recognize environmental leaders in our community, and the art contest has been a piece of this program for over 10 years. This year, the theme for the art contest was “Renew, Reinvent, and Rejoice,” encouraging students to illustrate how we all can renew our commitment to the environment, reinvent ways to live a greener life; and rejoice in our environmental successes. Over 70 entries were submitted from public, private, and home schools. Winners were selected in several different categories, including 2D, 3D, and digital artwork, photography, poetry, and video. This year the winning submissions will be displayed in the North Gallery of the Lyndon House Arts Center for the month of April.

The Lyndon House - located at 211 Hoyt Street just outside of downtown Athens - is open to visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 8 PM, and on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM. We hope you and your family will take some time to visit and enjoy all of the creative and thoughtful entries we received this year! Admission is free, and the exhibit is located in the North Gallery.

Kids' Green Life Art Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our Green Life Art Contest!

GradeStudent NameTitle of ArtSchool
1Joshua BaerTake a ShowerHome School
2Max SelleckThe Remaker 5000Barrow Elementary
2Leo BerntLeo's Green LifeBarrow Elementary
3Poppy OdomMother NatureBarrow Elementary
3Jayden MulamoottilThree R's - To Save Our PlanetBarrow Elementary
3Jayden MulamoottilLet's See a Rainbow in the SkyBarrow Elementary
3Sally MarrI Will See Sea Turtles, But They Won't See My TrashChase Street Elementary
3Hugh Kane HillTree-pee TeepeeWhit Davis Elementary
3Hugh Kane HillVery Still Life, Frog and BikeWhit Davis Elementary
4Jayda MuellerRecycle CelebrationBarrow Elementary
4Omar Ahmed GhareebReinventing a Greener Life on Earth DayBarrow Elementary
4Parker CatesGardening in SpringtimeChase Street Elementary
4Madi ElkinsGreen LifeChase Street Elementary
4Paloma Morales-MatthewForest FriendsChase Street Elementary
4Nathan BaerDreaming GreenHome School
5Jasper OdomStep Up Your Green GameBarrow Elementary
5Willow SelleckThe Things the Earth NeedsBarrow Elementary
5Arrow CallahanTulips of the TownBarrow Elementary
5Shaden AlqaaidiIf You Recycle and If You Don't RecycleBarrow Elementary
5Lucy HicksRenew, Reinvent, RejoiceSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
5Frannie PlaksinA Cat's Steps to CreatingSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
5Grayson SpeirSpringtime FlowersSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
5Joshua Cooper MasseyLego PlantingSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
5Keilani NguyenHow You Can Renew, Reinvent, and Rejoice!St. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
5Wyatt WellsHappiness All AroundSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
5Ella SalterGreen Life PoemSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
5James Blair RodgersHey...Recycle!St. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
6Dan BrayEarth Day MemeClarke Middle School
6Emma StarnesCommit to a Greener Life!Clarke Middle School
6Alexandria BuckleyFrom the Smallest Plant to the Largest TreeSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
6Palmer LawrenceOutside in the WildernessSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
6Sara CullomGrass GreenerySt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
6Anniston ScottNew Year, New LifeSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
6Charles RodgersRecycle to Connect the GenerationsSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
6Mary WickerGrow Little FlowerSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
6Janie ReynoldsRenew Reuse Recycle VideoSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
8John Paul AbrigoNew Year, New GreenSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
8Rachel WickerThe World's Beautiful SpaceSt. Joseph's Catholic Parish School
11Conner AllenBonsaiClarke Central High School
12Cyrus TrujilloOld Shelters NewMonsignor Donovan Catholic High School
KRashid AlqaaidiSave EarthBarrow Elementary
KLois SmithI Won't LitterHome School

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