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Environmental council doles out awards Nov. 10


The Ohio Environmental Council will hold its annual Green Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, 75 E. State St.

The council, whose offices are located at 1207 Grandview Ave., will present its 2012 Environmental Achievement Awards at the gala.

Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft will receive the lifetime achievement award.

"We have been working with Gov. Taft for years and years on environmental and conservation issues," said Dena Sico, the council's associate director of development.

"He's done a whole lot in supporting many environmental issues, including protecting watersheds, conservation and brownfield restoration, forest preservation and recreational infrastructure" she said.

Other honorees will include Rep. Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Akron), Public Servant award; Howland Township Trustee Rick Clark and Richard Moseley, retired chief of the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Conservation Achievement award; Teresa Peters of Granville, Environmental Watchdog award; and the Cincinnati Zoo and city of Cincinnati, Green Jobs and Innovation award.

The evening will include dinner, cocktails, entertainment and an eco-friendly silent auction.

"We consider the event as an awards dinner, but with the auction, there is a bit of fundraising that occurs," Sico said.

All of the items up for bid will be environmentally friendly, many made of organic or recycled materials, she said.

Some tickets remain available for the gala, which is the premier event for the environmental conservation community in Ohio, Sico said.

Tickets are $50 for Ohio Environmental Council members, $75 for nonmembers, and can be purchased at