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Awards cite county’s lead in environmental information, innovation


Mary Keltz, Public Information Outreach
Phone: (360) 397-6012 ext. 4

Vancouver, WA – Clark County will receive four national awards for public information and innovation on environmental topics when the National Association of Counties holds its annual convention July 19-22 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The county earned three top awards for information tools and materials produced in 2012 by its Public Information and Outreach office in partnership with the departments of Environmental Services and Community Planning:

Graphic Design – Brochures and Publications
The Steps for a Healthy Lawn brochure (PDF) received a “Best of Class” award, the highest recognition available in this category. The brochure is available in a print edition and on the county website at It provides tips for property owners and landscapers to save money and support clean water through careful use of fertilizers and pesticides.

Graphic Design – Special Graphics
A first-place “Superior” award went to a group of five signs explaining how the county uses rain gardens to treat and improve stormwater in the Mount Vista neighborhood. The artful signs make it fast, easy and fun for residents and visitors to understand native plant arrangements that manage runoff from roads, sidewalks and other impervious surfaces.

Clark County also secured the second-place “Excellence” award in this category. The entry included large posters displayed at the county fair in 2012. They were designed to increase understanding of public policies and services that support a “green” lifestyle to benefit our environment.

The national competition judged Clark County entries against those submitted by other counties with fewer than 500,000 residents.

Clark County also is receiving an “Achievement” award to recognize its innovation in the Planet Clark Emerald House at 9717 NE 25th Ave. The county worked closely with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Quail Homes and more than 30 other partners to highlight environmentally sound building techniques in a home designed for a low-income family. It uses 60 percent less energy and water than a more traditional home.

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