Environmental Excellence Award 2018

The Environmental Excellence Award recognizes an individual who has made a long-term commitment to public education or environmental and natural resources sciences.

Two awards were made in this category for 2018:

Ted Jacobson

Ted Jacobson has worked in the solid waste field in Alaska for 30 years. He started out his journey as an equipment operator in the Ketchikan landfill. Twelve years ago, Ted started serving as a Senior Environmental Employee (SEE) with the EPA as their Alaska Tribal Liaison. Throughout the last twelve years, Ted has worked to create the Rural Alaska Landfill Operator (RALO) and Administrator (RALA) trainings, served as the president of the Alaska Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North American (SWANA), trained thousands of IGAP operators and administrators, and is currently working towards long-term solutions for rural landfill operators.

His dedication and enthusiasm are contagious and while in a community, you might find him in a classroom, a landfill, or a piece of heavy equipment. He's never afraid to talk with people or travel to difficult rural locations. Ted has a love for the people of Alaska and treats everyone with respect. When Ted retires in the fall of 2018, we will all miss his big heart and strong voice and we will have some impossibly big shoes to fill in the field of solid waste management. Ted Jacobson has dedicated his life to helping rural Alaska and his incredible efforts will resound for decades to come.

Sandi Woods

Sandi Woods has worked for the Department of Environmental Conservation for the last 15 years, providing technical assistance, trainings, outreach, and education to both rural and urban Alaska in efforts to improve solid waste management. Sandi has traveled all over the state to evaluate landfills and community solid waste programs and offer low cost to no cost solutions for refining solid waste management practices. Sandi's style of training is refreshingly honest and focuses on improving things based on current community capacity. She serves as a trusted peer to the Southeast Alaska Solid Waste Authority (SEASWA), a group dedicated to improving solid waste management in Southeast Alaska. She has dedicated countless hours to keeping Alaska a clean and healthy place to live. When she retires in the spring of 2018, she will leave behind a generation of Alaskans that understand the importance of clean land, water, and air as an integral part of their own health.

Outstanding Achievement Award 

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a project, program, group, publication, or similar concrete accomplishment that occurred during the three years prior to nomination for the award. 

No nominations were provided for this award category in 2018.