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Ruth Kees and Community Environmental Award Nominations

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  1. 1. Welcome
  2. 2. Nomination Form
  • Welcome

    1. Introduction

      The Ruth and Dan Kees Award for a Sustainable Environment honors the efforts of those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting and preserving Issaquah’s natural resources. The City of Issaquah is now accepting nominations for the 2023 award.


      Ruth Kees was a teacher, mentor and role model for those committed to pursuing the vision of a sustainable Issaquah. Ruth and her husband, Dan, lived in the Issaquah community for more than 40 years. As a grassroots activist for more than four decades in the Issaquah Basin, Ruth advocated for preservation of landmarks and natural areas, sustainable development, recycling programs and protection of the Issaquah Valley Aquifer and Tiger Mountain. She brought environmental issues to the forefront of community consciousness and inspired citizen activism, leadership and participation.


      We accept nominations in two categories of awards:


      Ruth and Dan Kees Award for a Sustainable Environment

      The namesake award recognizes the efforts of exemplary individuals which are noted for the significance and durability of their contributions within the Issaquah community. These hallmark environmental achievements reflect environmental excellence and demonstrate an enduring vision, dedication and lasting effects – they are individuals whose achievements are truly noteworthy and deserving of special recognition.


      Community Environmental Award

      The Community Environmental Award builds upon the vision of the Ruth and Dan Kees Award for a Sustainable Environment to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals, groups and organizations within the community. These achievements are noteworthy and important in their impact and benefits to the community, but may reflect efforts which may be smaller in scale or vision, shorter in duration or more localized in impact.


      All nominations will be reviewed by a nomination committee and an award recipient will be determined by the Mayor and Council President. If nominations do not meet the award criteria, no award may be presented in a given year. If a nominee is selected, the award recipient(s) will be announced and presented at the Environmental Board meeting on April 12, 2023.

    2. Nomination Deadline

      Please submit your nomination(s) by 5 p.m. March 13, 2023.

    3. Questions

      To learn more, please email sustainability@issaquahwa.gov.

    4. Award Criteria and Eligibility
    5. Ruth and Dan Kees Award for a Sustainable Environment
      Ruth and Dan Kees Award for a Sustainable Environment may be given to those who have:

      • Undertaken significant, enduring efforts which have resulted in the conservation, protection and preservation of Issaquah’s environmental resources and attributes.

      • Demonstrated leadership and an ongoing commitment to environmental excellence.

      • Undertaken efforts to lead, change or support governmental, business or community practices which have resulted in clear benefits to the environment and long-term sustainability of the Issaquah community.

      • Efforts should generally be reflective of work whose impact extends far beyond the normal scope of responsibilities associated with an individual’s paid employment.
    6. Community Environmental Award
      The Community Environmental Award may be given to individuals, groups or organizations who have:

      • Resulted in noteworthy efforts to conserve, protect and preserve Issaquah’s environmental resources and attributes. These efforts may be smaller in scale or vision, shorter in duration or more localized in impact.

      • Demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence.

      • Fostered greater community understanding, awareness and action in environmental improvement.

      • Involved the community in efforts to effectuate positive results and community change.
    7. Award Recognition
    8. Ruth and Dan Kees Award for a Sustainable Environment

      Award recipients receive the privilege of selecting a tree to be planted in the honorary Kees Grove of Trees located in Squak Valley Park. The recipient will also receive a $500 cash award, thanks to a generous endowment from the Ruth and Dan Kees Estate. Award recipients are memorialized with a commemorative plaque at the City of Issaquah Council Chambers. Recognition for the recipient’s accomplishments will also be made at the April 12, 2023 Environmental Board Meeting and the Mayor will report out on the winners at a City Council meeting, as well as through the City's communications platforms.

    9. Community Environmental Award

      Award recipients will be recognized at the April 12, 2023 Environmental Board Meeting and the Mayor will report out on the winners at a City Council meeting. Winners will be honored with a special award commemorating the achievement and recognition for the recipient will also be made through the City's communications platforms.