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Two Scarborough Residents Received eco-Excellence Awards

posted Mar 12, 2018, 7:07 AM by Kelly Johnston
PORTLAND, MAINE  (March 9, 2018) ­ Two Scarborough residents received eco-Excellence Awards for their commitment and leadership toward a more sustainable community and state during ecomaine's 2018 eco-Excellence Awards ceremony here March 6. Ryan O'Leary and Deb McDonough received Individual Leadership and Community Leadership awards, respectively, among the total 18 award recipients from 11 ecomaine member communities.

"Behind every recycling statistic is a person who makes a difference," said Kevin Roche, chief executive officer of ecomaine, during a special awards luncheon in ecomaine's community room here March 6. "Through the ecomaine eco-Excellence Awards, we celebrate each of our winners for leading their communities, businesses and their families to make more sustainable choices about both consumption and waste generation."

Ryan O¹Leary ­ Scarborough High School

Scarborough High School Senior Ryan O'Leary was nominated by student advisor Terri Eddy for his outstanding ecological vision and leadership within his school, community and state.

During Ryan's sophomore year in 2017, he served as Recycling Coordinator for Scarborough High School's environmental club, "ECOS," for which he now serves as President. Ryan has infused new life into the club, reaching a record-breaking 90 members, or nearly 10% of the school¹s total population, during his time with the club.

Ryan also last summer co-founded the Maine Youth Environmental Association (MYEA), the first state-wide alliance of high school environmental clubs. MYEA has engaged more Maine high schools, created a database of high school eco clubs, called several meetings, researched the possibility of non-profit status, sought funding through grants, and has been making plans in preparation for their first annual MYEA conference on April 28, 2018.

"Ryan, for your hard work to improve recycling and composting practices in Scarborough High School and beyond to other high schools, we are very proud to present you with this 2018 eco-Excellence Award,"said ecomaine Board Chair Troy Moon, upon presenting the award.

Deb McDonough ­ Scarborough Energy Committee

Deb McDonough has made a measurable impact to the Town of Scarborough over the past decade as a passionate advocate for waste reduction and sustainability. She was key in community outreach during the food waste pilot and went above and beyond to ensure that residents in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood had the resources needed to participate in the pilot. In addition to advocating for food waste recycling, Deb is an active volunteer in Scarborough.

Her volunteer activities are as varied as her skills, and they include (but are not limited to): participating on the Scarborough Energy Committee; collaborating with the Scarborough Land Trust constructing trails on newly-acquired parcels; advocacy work for the Maine League of Women Voters; and campaigning for climate change resilience and adaptation with 350 Maine.

"Deb, for your commitment to the Scarborough food waste recycling pilot and dedication to community engagement in various sustainability endeavors, we are pleased to present you with this 2018 eco-Excellence Award," said Caleb Hemphill, chair of ecomaine's Outreach & Recycling Committee, upon presenting the award.

Photo caption: Pictured L-R: Scarborough Sustainability Coordinator Kerry Grantham, Public Works Director & ecomaine Board Member Mike Shaw, Deb McDonough, ecomaine Board Chair Troy Moon and ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche. Photo by Fred Field.