The purpose of the awards program is to promote awareness of the environment and acknowledge exemplary accomplishments in the protection, conservation, and improvement of our environmental resources. The Carroll County Commissioners adopted the Environmental Awareness Awards program in 1990 to recognize individuals and groups that have demonstrated these qualities through their actions or projects. Awards are presented biennially to individuals and groups chosen from nominees submitted for consideration by their peers, although self-nominations will be accepted.

Awards were given in five categories for 2018 – Individual, Agriculture, Student, Business, and Institution. Winners were recognized and presented their awards in a ceremony with the Board of County Commissioners and the EAC on June 20, 2018. The recipients of the 2018 awards for each category were as follows:

  • Individual = Nancy Bittler
  • Institution = Bryan Shumaker
  • Student = Stella Schoberg
  • Business = Legacy Septic & Excavation LLC
  • Agriculture = Carolyn & Mike Krome

The Board of County Commissioners and the Carroll County Environmental Advisory County (EAC) honored the 2018 Environmental Awareness Award winners by planting trees at Carroll Community College on September 28, 2018. Frank Vleck, Chair of the EAC, led off the ceremony. The program included a few words from Commissioner Weaver, Alan Schuman, Executive Vice President of Administration at Carroll Community College, and Tiffany VanDerwerker, EAC member. Award winners tossed the first shovels of dirt onto the new trees. The program closed with the unveiling of the new sign donated to designate the tree grove.

The trees were planted in the grove located between the K Building and Maryland Route 97. Wakefield Valley Nursery donated a native American Elm, and Clear Ridge Nursey donated a red maple.