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Five Winners of 2015 Spirit of Service Awards

Extraordinary Locals Making a Difference

On May 13th. 2015, Looking Good Santa Barbara presented the 11th annual Spirit of Service Awards in a lunchtime ceremony presided over by Mayor Helene Schneider and emceed by KEYT Ventura County Bureau Chief Tracy Lehr.

Through the Spirit of Service Awards, Looking Good Santa Barbara recognizes individuals and organizations in the community who exceed expectations by reducing waste and keeping the community clean through graffiti and litter abatement.

Dozens of nominations were received from the public in February and March, and the Looking Good Committee selected five winners. This year’s winners are:

Waste Reduction Category

  • Bill Kelly, Nordstrom: as Facilities Manager, he energetically supported the Nordstrom Café to divert more than 12 tons of foodscraps from the landfill each year
  • Lauren Thal-Hill, Franklin School: a 4th grade teacher, Lauren guided a student project to reduce the use of plastic in the cafeteria, eventually replacing 180,000 plastic cups with reusable ones
  • The Towbes Group, Inc.: a local real estate leader, The Towbes Group has implemented recycling and waste reduction throughout their offices as well as  residential and commercial properties, including providing recycling containers and information to new tenants

Clean Community Category

  • Jesse Aldana: Jesse has been walking his neighborhood five times a week for twelve years and has become a vigilant collector of trash, eventually recruiting friends and even his grandson to assist in the effort
  • Stella Larson: For two years, Stella hand-picked weeds and gathered trash on Carrillo hill, spearheading the effort alone while working with the City to pick up the collected garbage, and all the while wearing her trademark smile

Thanks to everyone who nominated worthy candidates; we look forward to your nominations next year.

And congratulations to our winners!


Last Updated: Dec 21, 2018
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