Fall 2017
Commercial Recycling Team
Chris Day
Commercial Recycling Supervisor
Rita Keys
Sr. Administrative Assistant

Commercial Recycling Coordinators

Andrea Allston

Vicki Darbonne

Kim Flynn
Michelle Long

And the Winners are... 
Six Plano businesses were recognized for their sustainability efforts at the City's annual Environmental Community Awards (ECA) Celebration at The Hope Center. 

The keynote speaker was Kara Barry, Pizza Hut's Director of Corporate Communications, Engagement and Community Affairs. Kara shared how Pizza Hut is committed to sustainability. She highlighted the company's "Life Unboxed" initiatives, including its 25-year-old Harvest Program created in partnership with Food Donation Connection. When their restaurants have food overages as a result of training, overproduction or unclaimed orders, this outreach effort allows Pizza Hut to fill stomachs versus filling landfills. This year, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated to feed those in need!

Meet the business award recipients below with a brief description of their accomplishments (view individual business photos):
  • Multi-Family. La Costa Apartments energy-saving improvements include an Energy Star Certified roof, LED lights in exterior and common areas and Energy Star appliances in apartment homes to make it easy for residents to live green.
  • Small Business. Axium Solar practices what it preaches by heating or cooling 3,984 square feet of its administrative offices with 25kW of solar energy and introducing communities to the benefits of reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Green Building. Austin Commercial, in constructing Toyota's North American headquarters, was the first in Plano to co-mingle construction and demolition debris and to recycle onsite food waste - resulting in 9,321 tons from May 2016 to May 2017 with a 99% diversion rate.
  • Green Business Certified. The Hope Center was built to LEED Silver standards, operates an energy management system, practices green purchasing and includes low-flow toilets. Carefully-selected drought-tolerant landscaping enhances this inviting facility.
  • Environmental Commitment. PepsiCo - Parkwood has a comprehensive sustainability program impacting associates and vendors and sourcing. This past year its RENEW program diverted 306 tons of furniture from the landfill. Employees participated in an Eco-Week with in-house swap-shops, Goodwill donations, electronic recycling and a children's books drive.
  • Emerald. Harley-Davidson Financial Services has a vibrant green team whose passion and creativity has uniquely benefitted our community. In April 2015, they initiated the highly regarded Green Business Roundtable -- a lively, quarterly networking exchange of the City's Certified Green Businesses.
Community, school and other leaders were also recognized for their efforts during the celebration. To see the full slate of this year's winners,  visit plano.gov/eca.

ReStore Is Twice as Nice Re-certified

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore did it again on Sept. 7. ReStore is the nonprofit home improvement retail outlet and donation center whose proceeds help build homes for deserving families in the community it serves. ReStore earned its Green Business certification originally in November 2016 at its East Plano location while moving plans were underway. In August 2017, the store moved to a larger facility at 2060 W. Spring Creek Parkway. 

The store was retrofitted with T-8 fluorescent lighting, "Green Ideas" were posted throughout the store offering patrons tips on cost-effective and creative uses for their merchandise which is a mix of donated new surplus goods and used household items.

Despite the challenges of the move, their green team worked hard to complete the Green Business Certification checklist again. Congratulations, ReStore!

Make your Ghastly Reservations for the GBC Seminar!

Volunteer to Clean Waterways
Join volunteers from across Plano for the citywide Fall Waterways Cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Plano needs the support of local businesses to help keep its waterways clean. Get your colleagues and friends together for some good, clean fun. On the day of the event, vie for prizes by submitting the best "before and after" cleanup photos or a photo of your litter oddities. Register now and select Clean up a City creek in a Park or Trail. Free volunteer T-shirts are available for those who register before Monday, Oct. 30.