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Cathedral City’s “go green” partnership earns award

Cathedral City’s Environmental Conservations Department’s Kids & Community Program will receive an award for it’s conservation efforts around the city.

The American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter announced Wednesday that Cathedral City won its 2012 Grassroots Initiative Award.

The program represents a partnership between the Cathedral City Environmental Conservation Department, Cathedral City Elementary and Middle Schools and the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery.

It ranges from using student designed art made with recycled materials decorating the Dinah Shore bridge, to trash can decorating project in order to discourage youth from littering and defacing garbage receptacles, to student run recycling programs in nearly every Cathedral City school, to community garden and beautification projects.

“Collectively, these programs have had a significant impact on raising the awareness of the importance of conservation to Cathedral City youth,” said Deanna Pressgrove, who manages the City’s environmental conservation programs.

The award will be presented at the APA State Conference to be held at the Ranch Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage on October 22, 2012.

Cathedral City is the only city in the Coachella Valley to receive an award at the Conference.

The program won the APA Inland Empire Section Grassroots Initiative Award this April and now qualifies to have its nomination submitted to National APA for consideration for a 2013 National Planning Award.

The program also won a Prestigious Helen Putnam Award in 2011 from the League of California Cities and received an award from the 3CMA City-County Communications Association.

KESQ News Team


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