TAMPA, FL –February 17, 2012 – Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful recognized the Tampa Bay Times Forum as a “Treasure of Tampa Bay” with the highest honor of the “Champions of the Forest”. The Forum earned this recognition for their outstanding commitment to the community. The Tampa Bay Times Forum was praised for their continued support as well as recognized for the sponsorship of the 2011 KTBB VIP Painting Party, volunteer participation in the KTBB Adoption program, Lightning Foundation Grant and numerous in-kind donations that helped support the environmental efforts of this not-for-profit organization.
“The Tampa Bay Times Forum is a role model for our community for their efforts in creating an environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, cost effective facility.” said executive director Debra Evenson. The recent renovations consisted of installing energy efficient air handlers, low-flow toilets, water saving faucets. The Forum diverted 5,080,620 lbs of waste from the landfill by recycling construction waste – including guest seats. Beyond the renovations, the Forum has embraced environmental sustainability to include the encouragement of the guests to recycle at the Forum and at home.
Mary Milne, Vice President of Operations stated, “The Tampa Bay Times Forum is committed to meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We have renovated our facility considering the community needs and environmental, economic implications for now and for generations to come.”
“Thank You Tampa Bay Times Forum for your contributions to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and our community. Your contributions assist in helping to make the Tampa Bay area more vibrant, livable and sustainable for the future”, said KTBB director Evenson.
Recipient: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Champion of the Forest Award. Pictured left-right, Tripp Turbiville- Tampa Bay Times Forum- Front House Manager, Debra Evenson- KTBB Executive Director, Mary Milne- Tampa Bay Times Forum-Vice President of Operations, Patricia DePlasco- KTBB Community Education Liaison. Award presented on the ice at the Forum.
About Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Inc. (KTBB), a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship. Since 1989, KTBB has formed partnerships with local governments, corporations, schools and neighborhood organizations to engage individuals and provide opportunities to enhance the community through volunteer participation. To get involved with KTBB, call (813) 221-8733 or visit KeepTampaBayBeautiful.org.