2016 Air Central Texas Awards
The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) hosted the first ever Air Central Texas Awards on Nov. 4, 2016 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel & Conference Center. The Air Central Texas Awards celebrate the organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to regional air quality in Central Texas and to promote future action on the part of the community to support the goals of the region’s ongoing air quality planning efforts.
2016 Air Central Texas Recipients
The Air Central Texas Public Sector Award
Former Williamson County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ronald Morrison posthumously received the 2016 ACT Public Sector Award Recipient for his longtime service and leadership on the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition and the Clean Air Force of Central Texas. Capital Metro and the City of Cedar Park were also nominated for the Public Sector Award
The Air Central Texas Private/Nonprofit Sector Award
The Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance received the 2016 Air Central Texas Private/Nonprofit Sector Award for their role in cleaning the air through various projects such as migrating vehicles to alternative fuels, converting much of the booming landscaping industry in Texas to propane mowers, and development of alternative fuel infrastructure. Texas Lehigh Cement Company and the Beyond Coal campaign were also nominated for the Private/Nonprofit Sector Award.
The Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award
Tom “Smitty” Smith received the 2016 Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award for his work as the Director of Public Citizen’s Texas office since 1985, where he organized efforts that lead to the development of the renewable energy boom across Texas and the Texas Emission Reduction Program — both reduced air pollution in the Central Texas area and other parts of the state. This award is named in honor of CAPCOG’s former Air Quality Program Manager Bill Gill, who worked on air quality throughout his career and was instrumental in the establishment and success of the region’s air quality program. Former City of Austin and CAPCOG employee Fred Blood was also nominated for this award