Mike Cooney, the US Governor of Montana, has received the first-ever Recycling Impact Award. The prize recognises public pioneers committed to boosting resource conservation and recycling.
The Recycling Impact Award was given to Cooney yesterday by The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and the National Lieutenant Governors Association. Cooney is the head of Montana’s SMART Schools Challenge. The programme teaches both educators and kids how to achieve energy efficiency, minimise waste and how to properly recycle. As a result, over 82 000 pounds of material was diverted from landfills to recycling this year.
A total of 13 schools were able to cut energy costs by US$ 193 495, according to Governor Cooney. ‘It’s been a priority to make recycling simple and accessible to more citizens – and encourage everyone, especially young people, to be thoughtful about their choices and impact on the planet,’ he comments.
‘Lt. Governor Cooney is a champion of the American recycling industry, not just through policy, but also through the example he sets personally,’ comments ISRI President Robin Wiener. ‘While working at the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, he collected recyclables from other employees and took them to a collection center himself. He also works at collection points throughout the state on his own time as a way of promoting recycling. The Lt. Governor is also an advocate for rural recycling programs throughout Montana.’
Pacific Steel & Recycling ceo Jeff Millhollin presented the award to Cooney. He says: ‘Lt. Governor Cooney is an influential public leader in our community, state, and country promoting economic and environmental benefits of recycling. He has been instrumental developing and supporting policy in the best interests of both his constituents and the recycling industry. This includes co-sponsoring the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ ‘Scrap is not Waste’ resolution in 2016, which the NLGA subsequently adopted.’
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