Four College Park residents were honored Tuesday with Green Awards handed out by the city’s Committee for a Better Environment at the city council meeting.
The annual awards are designed to expand local awareness of the importance of a healthy environment and encourage innovative thinking in the field.
Clay Gump, Dr. Victor Yakovenko, Christine Williams and Robert Boone all received awards in four categories for their local contributions to the environment according to a press release.
Gump was honored in the category of Conservation of Natural Resources for developing a more efficient solar water heater and solar electric system. The electric system saves around $87 per month while the water heater saves $25 per month.
Yakovenko received an environmental award for his work installing solar panels and creating a system to reduce roof and attic overheating using reflective shingles and foil.
Williams created a pesticide-free organic garden that serves as a habitat for local wildlife. For her efforts she received an award for Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and Beautification.
Boone built an organic farm in North College Park where he grows vegetables and fruits, keeps beehives and experiments with fertilizers and soils. He was given the award for Other Environmental Achievements.