BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension honored 22 recipients with Ecostar Pollution Prevention awards in a ceremony held in Helena in April.
The Ecostar awards are coordinated by MSU Extension’s Housing and Environmental Health Program and funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
There were 22 EcoStar award winners representing 17 communities from across the state. The Ecostar award program recognizes small businesses, institutions and non-profits that are leading efforts in Montana to voluntarily focus on pollution prevention and create a more environmentally sustainable model.
The award focuses on those taking environmentally responsible steps to reduce solid and hazardous waste, maximize efficiencies, conserve energy and water and improve air quality.
The 2012 EcoStar Award winners by area include (* indicates repeat winner):
Multiple locations: Mackenzie River Pizza Co. * in Billings, Bozeman, Belgrade, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Whitefish and Kalispell
Billings: St. Vincent Healthcare *, Sage Spa Living *
Hinsdale: Hinsdale FFA & Hinsdale Public School
Lewistown: High Plains Horse Blanket Repair
Livingston: Gadanke/Katie Clemons Inc. *, Livingston Healthcare Farm to Cafeteria Program
Missoula: Bayern Brewing, Jackson Contracting
Red Lodge: Red Lodge Mountain
West Glacier: Glacier Guides & Montana Rafting
Yellowstone National Park: Delaware North Co. Parks and Resorts *