CRRA Awards

Each year, the CRRA presents awards to individuals and organizations who “go above and beyond” in their efforts to prevent waste, reuse materials, recycle, compost, buy recycled and build “green.”  It is CRRA’s honor to recognize outstanding achievers in California and publicize their successes.

 

AWARD CATEGORIES AND RECIPIENTS

Rick Best Environmental Advocacy Award  ~ This award honors lifetime environmental stewardship achievements and recognizes individuals who effectively advocate for Earth's natural systems. The award is for achievements that go beyond reuse, recycling and composting to encompass air and water quality, resource protection, and climate protection.   

  • 2019 (Rancho Mirage) - Ana Carvalho
  • 2018 (Oakland) - The Honorable Nancy Skinner
  • 2017 (San Diego) - Howard Levenson
  • 2016 (Sacramento) - Scott Smithline
  • 2015 (Los Angeles) - Rx Responsibility, Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Supervisor Nate Miley
  • 2014 (San Jose) - Allen Hershkowitz 
  • 2013 (Pasadena) - Mark Murray
  • 2012 (Oakland) – Annie Leonard
  • 2011 (Coronado/San Diego) – Captain Charles Moore
  • 2010 (Sacramento) – Heidi Sanborn
  • 2009 (Rancho Mirage) – Wes Chesbro
  • 2008 (Burlingame) – Ed Begley Jr.​
  • 2007 (San Pedro) – Terry Tamminen, John Davis
  • 2006 (San Jose) –  David Tam
  • 2005 (Los Angeles) – Darryl Young, Mike Paparian
  • 2004 (Sacramento) – Bryon Sher
  • 2003 (Ontario) – Rick Best

CRRA Service Award ~ This award honors individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the association including contributions of time, expertise or resources that significantly exceeded expectations.

  • 2019 (Rancho Mirage) - Rick Anthony
  • 2018 (Oakland) - Shana McCracken and Rob Hilton
  • 2017 (San Diego) - Cynthia Vant Hul
  • 2016 (Sacramento) - Tracie Onstad Bills and Leslie Luckas
  • 2015 (Los Angeles) - Bob Nelson
  • 2014 (San Jose) - Mark Gagliardi
  • 2013 (Pasadena) – Julie Muir
  • 2012 (Oakland) – Lin King
  • 2011 (Coronado/San Diego) – Roberta Miller
  • 2010 (Sacramento) - Bob Hollis
  • 2009 (Rancho Mirage) – Susan Collins
  • 2008 (Burlingame) – Jacy Bolden and Laura Anthony
  • 2007 (San Pedro) – Bill Worrell
  • 2006 (San Jose) – Stephen Bantillo
  • 2005 (Los Angeles) - San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • 2004 (NRC/San Francisco) –  Judi Gregory
  • 2003 (Ontario) - John Davis, John Moore and Gigantic Idea (Shana and Lisa).
  • 2001 (Pasadena) – Liz Citrino

Recycler of the Year ~ This award honors individuals who have significantly contributed to resource conservation throughout their careers in California.

  • 2019 (Rancho Mirage) - Curt Smith
  • 2018 (Oakland) - Susan Katthcee and Tom Padia
  • 2017 (San Diego) - Lynn France
  • 2016 (Sacramento) - Susan Collins
  • 2015 (Los Angeles) - John Davis
  • 2014 (San Jose) - Richard Gertman
  • 2013 (Pasadena) -  Bob Besso
  • 2012 (Oakland) - Monica Wilson/GAIA
  • 2011 (Coronado/San Diego) - Timonie Hood
  • 2010 (Sacramento) - Jack Macy
  • 2009 (Rancho Mirage) - Tony Lisenko and Bill Mohoff -  Sunset Waste Systems
  • 2008 (Burlingame) - Bill Worrell
  • 2007 (San Pedro) - Judi Gregory
  • 2006 (San Jose) - Ron Grietzer
  • 2005 (Los Angeles) - Gary Liss
  • 2004 ((NRC/San Francisco) - Jacy Bolden
  • 2003 (Ontario) - Rick Anthony
  • 2002 (Oakland) - Heidi Sanborn
  • 2001 (Pasadena) - Joan Edwards
  • 2000 (Sacramento) - Ruth Galanter
  • 1999 (San Francisco) - Kate Krebs
  • 1998 (San Diego) - Rick Best
  • 1997 (Monterey) - Pavitra Crimmel
  • 1994 (Santa Barbara) Brooke Nash
  • 1993 (Oakland) Dan Cotter
  • 1992 (Long Beach) Mike Anderson
  • 1990 (NRC/San Diego) Dan DeGrassi
  • 1989 (Arcata) Maggie Gainer
  • 1988 (San Diego) Kathy Evans
  • 1987 (San Jose) Pat Miller
  • 1986 (Irvine) Gary Liss
  • 1984 (Santa Cruz) Rick Anthony
  • 1980 (Fresno) Hal Conklin
  • 1976 (Santa Barbara) Chuck Davis

Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics Award ~ Dave Hardy was instrumental in establishing the California Organics Recycling Council (CORC) and served as the Council’s first chair.  This award honors a business, government agency, or community-based organization that achieves excellence in the production, marketing and/or utilization of compost.

  • 2019 - Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
  • 2018 - WM EarthCareTM
  • 2017  - Matthew Cotton
  • 2016 - Marin Carbon Project
  • 2015 - City of San Diego Miramar Greenery
  • 2014  - Monterey Waste Management District and Michelle Young, City of San Jose
  • 2012 - Dave Hardy
  • 2011 - Inland Empire Compost Authority
  • 2008 - Mt. Vernon Recycling & Composting Facility (City of Bakersfield)
  • 2006 - Z-Best Composting Facility, Gilroy
  • 2005 - California Bio-Mass
  • 2000 - City and County of San Francisco

“Next Generation” Recycler Award ~ This award honors a young individual or youth group that excels in promoting zero waste, waste prevention, reuse, recycling, or composting.

  • 2019 - Local Leaders of the 21st Century Club
  • 2018 - I Love a Clean San Diego's "The Think Blue Brigade"
  • 2017 - SWPPP Internship
  • 2016 - 4Rs Student Action Program
  • 2015 - Cathedral City Community Gardening & Composting Program
  • 2014 - Zero Waste Youth – USA
  • 2012 - Go Green Initiative Association
  • 2011 - Cathedral City Schools/SCAPECD
  • 2008 - John Mulrow, Stanford University
  • 2006 - Mona Abdi, Keamy High School

Outstanding Construction and Demolition Recycling Award ~ This award honors a business, government agency or community-based organization that has excelled in the reduction, reuse or recycling of construction and/or demolition debris.

  • 2018 - Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex and Transfer Station
  • 2017 - San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • 2016 - Mary Williams, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • 2014 - Zanker Recycling
  • 2011 - Pena's Disposal Service
  • 2008 - EPA Lifestyle Building Challenge
  • 2006 - Sonrise Consolidated, Inc., Livermore
  • 2005 - Pacific Builders, Arcata
  • 2000 - Zanker Road Landfill

Outstanding Household Hazardous Waste/Universal/Electronic Recycling Award ~  This award honors a business, government agency or community-based organization that has excelled in end-of-life management of household hazardous waste, universal waste or electronic items.

  • 2019 - Costa Mesa Sanitary District
  • 2018 - San Mateo County
  • 2017 - Northern Recycling and Waste Services
  • 2016 - City of Lancaster Recycling
  • 2014 – City of Elk Grove, Special Waste Collection Center
  • 2012 - Chula Vista Regional HHW Program
  • 2011 - ReThink Waste/SBWMA
  • 2008 - San Luis Obispo IWMA - Take It Bake
  • 2006 - Goodwill/VRS Electronics Reuse & Recycling Program, San Francisco
  • 2005 - City of Burbank Recycle Center "Away with HHW"
  • 2000 - Mendocino County "Hazmobile"

Outstanding Practices in Venue/Event Resource Recovery ~  This award honors operators of large (greater than 2,000 people per day) events or venues serving for excellence in implementing waste reduction, recycling and organics programs, innovative waste reduction programs, or other best practices in event or venue resource management. 

  • 2019 - Sacramento Running Association
  • 2018 - USC, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • 2017 - City of San Jose, Integrated Waste Mangement, SJSU Move Out Team
  • 2016 - Moscone Center
  • 2015 - The Offset Project
  • 2014 - Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament 

Outstanding School Recycling Program ~  This award honors a school or an entity partnered with a school that has excelled in implementing programs and practices that reduce, reuse, recycle or compost resources that would otherwise have been wasted.

  • 2019 - Peninsula Sanitary Service and Stanford University
  • 2018 - Don Reid, Chief Sustainability Officer at American River College
  • 2017 - City of Palmdale on behalf of Palmdale School District, SAVES & Grace Resource Center
  • 2016 - Desert Knolls Elementary School
  • 2015 - City of Elk Grove Elementary School Recycling Program
  • 2014 - Oceanside Zero Waste Schools
  • 2011 - Central Costa Costa Solid Waste Authority
  • 2006 - irecycle@school- Education Center
  • 2005 - County of Santa Cruz "Waste Free Schools"

Outstanding Waste Prevention Award ~ This award honors a business, government agency, or community-based organization that has excelled in preventing waste, or has implemented procurement practices that prevent or reduce waste, such as procuring products that contain recycled content and/or are safer alternatives to toxic products they replace (as of 2020, this award category has been combined with the 'Closing the Loop" award).

  • 2019 - San Diego Food System Alliance
  • 2018 - County of Orange, OC Waste & Recycling
  • 2017 - (TIE) SIPSEE and The Refill Shoppe
  • 2016 - Clean Water Fund/Clean Water Action
  • 2015 - Boston Scientific, Fremont Clean & Green
  • 2014 - Center for Development of Recycling
  • 2012 - Grades of Green
  • 2006 - BayROC 2006 Stop Junk Mail Campaign
  • 2005 - American Honda Motor Corporation
  • 2000 - Santa Clara County "Paperless Campaign"

Pavitra Crimmel Reuse Award ~ Pavitra Crimmel was instrumental in championing the promotion and implementation of successful reuse programs. This award honors a business, government agency, or community-based organization that excels in the reuse of materials.

  • 2019 - MedShare
  • 2018 - iFixit
  • 2017 - Yolo Division of Integrated Waste Management
  • 2016 - Peter Mui
  • 2015 - Urban Ore
  • 2012 - City of Davis Recycling Program
  • 2011 - MedShare
  • 2008 - Building Resources (San Francisco)
  • 2006 - From Our Feet, Palo Alto
  • 2005 - Pavitra Crimmel (recipients: Sumi and Sukita Crimmel)
  • 2000 - Whole HouseBuilding Supply, Palo Alto

**NEW IN 2020:

  • Outstanding Edible Food Recovery Program ~  This award honors a business, government agency, or community-based organization that has excelled in implementing programs, practices or services that feed people with food that otherwise would not have been consumed by people.

  • Outstanding Zero Waste or Recycling Program ~  This award honors a business, government agency, or community-based organization that has excelled in implementing comprehensive programs and services to reduce, reuse, recycle or compost resources that would otherwise have been wasted (this award has combined the previous "Zero Waste Achievement" and "Outstandig Recycling Program" awards).

 

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The following awards have been combined or retired as of 2020:

Zero Waste Achievement Award ~ This award honors a progressive business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has made the commitment to zero waste, implemented outreach programs and excelled toward the achievement of their zero waste goal. (**2020 and forward, please see the new Outstanding Zero Waste or Recycling Program award.)

  • 2019 - MARS Petcare North America
  • 2018 - San Francisco's Department of the Environment's School Education Program
  • 2017 - Recology, San Mateo County
  • 2016 - Monterey Regional Waste Management District
  • 2015 - Oakland Recycles - Planning for Zero
  • 2014 - Zero Waste San Diego
  • 2013 - University of California, Irvine
  • 2012 - Tania Levy
  • 2011 - Kellogg Garden Products
  • 2008 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 
  • 2006 - Riccoh Electronics Inc., Tustin
  • 2005 - Del Mar Fairgrounds

Outstanding Recycling Program ~  This award honors a business, government agency, or community-based organization that has excelled in implementing and carrying out a recycling and/or diversion program. (**2020 and forward, please see the new Outstanding Zero Waste or Recycling Program award.)

  • 2019 - City of Santa Cruz
  • 2018 - Global Green
  • 2017 - Sharp HealthCare
  • 2016 - County of Santa Cruz
  • 2015 - Keep California Beautiful
  • 2014 - San Joaquin Regional Conservation Corps
  • 2012 - Gills Onion
  • 2011 - Southern California Edison - Waste Not Program
  • 2008 - City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Program
  • 2006 - Interior Removal Specialist, Inc., South Gate
  • 2005 - The SBM Group
  • 2000 - City of Davis

Outstanding "Closing the Loop" Commitment ~ This award honors a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has implemented an innovative program that features the procurement of products that reduce waste, have recycled content and/or are safer alternatives to toxic products (*as of 2020, this award has been combined with the Outstanding Waste Prevention award.)

  • 2018 - Free Flow Wines
  • 2017 - County of Santa Cruz
  • 2016 - Goodwill Industries of San Diego
  • 2015 - Armstrong World Industries
  • 2012 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • 2011 - Green Team San Joaquin
  • 2008 - Vetrazzo
  • 2006 - Recycled Products Cooperative, Encinitas
  • 2005 - Footprint Recyling, Arcata