2016 Air Central Texas Awards

The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) is excited to announce the 2017 Air Central Texas Awards. The Air Central Texas Awards celebrate the organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions 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.

Award Categories

  • Air Central Texas Public Sector Award - recognizes action in the public sector that has help improved/protect regional air quality in the past year.
  • Air Central Texas Private/Non-Profit Sector Award - recognizes action in the private or non-profit sectors that has help improved/protect regional air quality in the past year.
  • Air Central Texas Media Award - recognizes outstanding media coverage (TV, print, radio, or digital) of air quality issues in the region.
  • Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award - recognizes an individual who has had a significant and lasting impact on Central Texas air quality.

Submit a Nomination

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If you would like to nominate an organization or individual for an ACT award:

  1. Download and review the 2017 ACT Award Guidelines
  2. Fill out a nomination form (1 per nominee)
  3. Assemble any supporting information (videos, images, documents, etc.)
  4. Submit your nomination to CAPCOG no later than 5 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017

Nominations can be submitted electronically, by mail, or in person: Email your nomination to acox@capcog.org. Hand-deliver or mail your application to CAPCOG, Attn: Anton Cox, 6800 Burleson Road, Bldg. 310, Ste. 165, Austin, TX 78744

Review and Selection of Award Recipients

A panel of three local elected officials from the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition (CAC) will review each application in early October and rank them. CAPCOG will announce the winners and up to two finalists in each category in mid-October. An award ceremony will be held in November.

2016 Air Central Texas Recipients

2016 ACT Awards - Public Sector Award Recipents
From left to right: Brooke Hailey, the niece of Williamson County Commissioner Ronald Morrison, Glenda Morrison, the widow the Commissioner, and Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long; accepting the Public Sector Award.

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

2016 ACT Award Private/Nonprofit Sector Award Recipent crop
From left to right: Stacey Neef, of Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance; winner of the Air Central Texas Private/Nonprofit Sector Award with Pharr Andews - City of Austin

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.

2016 ACT Awards - Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award Recipent
From left to right: Tom "Smitty" Smith, of Public Citizen Texas, accepting the Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award with Cathy Stevens from Travis County Government and Andrew Hoekzema from the Capital Area Council of Governments; accepting the Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership 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

2016 ACT Awards Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt
2016 ACT Awards Keynote Address
2016 ACT Awards Keynote Speech
2016 ACT Awards Private/Nonprofit Sector Award Recipent
2016 ACT Awards - Tom 'Smitty' Smith
2016 ACT Awards LSCFA with Commissioner Howard
2016 ACT Award Recipents
2016 Air Central Texas Awards Trophies
Air Central Texas Public Sector Award
Air Central Texas Private/Nonprofit Sector Award
2016 Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award