(Community Awareness, Restoration, and Environmental Stewardship)
Watch the edition of "Around Town" where City and County officials have teamed up to show that "Wilson Cares" about the environment.
Wilson County and the City of Wilson have partnered to create the Wilson C.A.R.E.S. program. Wilson C.A.R.E.S. includes Community Awareness, Restoration, and Environmental Stewardship. This effort is designed to promote and encourage active participation from Wilson’s citizens, organizations, and businesses to protect the environment. This voluntary program acknowledges the implementation of programs that use education, pollution prevention, and innovative approaches to meet and go beyond regulatory requirements. Wilson C.A.R.E.S. seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits to Wilson.
Wilson C.A.R.E.S. has seven categories of participation; Agricultural, Organization, Institution, Business, Government, Youth, and Individual. Each year the Wilson C.A.R.E.S. committee will recognize one outstanding recipient for each category for their contribution to protecting Wilson’s environment. The recipients will be recognized at the County Commissioners meeting and the City Council meeting, as well as the Wilson C.A.R.E.S. website.
Nominations are accepted all year until December 1st. If you would like to nominate a group or individual to be recognized for their environmental stewardship please fill out and return the Wilson CARES nomination form.
Meet our 2014 Wilson C.A.R.E.S. Award Recipients
Youth - Wilson 4H Envirothon Club
With help from their sponsor, AQWA, the 4-H club is involved in many service projects including Adopt-A-Stream, helping at the Bridgestone Wildlife Refuge Habitat, delivering environmental advocacy projects to local officials and participating and placing in the 2013 State Envirothon Competition. The group is the first repeat recipient of a Wilson CARES award after being recognized in the programs first year in 2012.
Institution - Barton College Science Club
The Barton College Science Club is recognized for their efforts to bring together students and volunteers to help clean up the site of the City of Wilson Educational Forest. This tremendous work helped to remove many bags of trash and debris, spread mulch along the trail, and beautify the site for the opening of the new trail.
Business - Harper Landscaping
Harper Landscaping contributed to the development of the City of Wilson Educational Forest. The company efforts in the early days of February 2013 with the donation of manpower and materials helped the City meet handicap accessibility requirements of a crush and run walkway which helped facilitate the opening of the Educational Forest site located on Dendrology DR NE Wilson. Harper Landscaping was there in the beginning of the forest design assisting the city in original planting of the Phase One, Loop A tree-scape.
Agriculture - Carolyn & Tony Daniel Demonstration Farm
The farm has been instrumental in showing the 4th grade children of Wilson County the farm practices of yesterday and the environmental concerns of today. It introduced children to farm practices of today’s active farm as seen in its current setting along with sharing environmental concerns in and up close personal exposure to the farm and its forest and wetland and most of all its wildlife. The farm has been an active forest demonstration farm recognized by the NC State Forestry Service for just as many years. Initiating projects such as multiple tree seedlings planted of native variety species, controlled vegetative burns.
Individual - Herring - Sutton & Associates
Led by Ron Sutton, Herring- Sutton & Associates participated in the months leading up to the February 2013 forest grand opening by volunteering services pro bono in creating the technical drawing of a “Preliminary Plan” that met the all the specifications for Educational Forest to be accepted by the city Technical Review Committee as a valid flood plain project. The drawing efforts and donation of engineering expertise have shown a true commitment to the cities Educational Forest initiative as positive environmental impact to the Wilson community.
Government - Wilson County Solid Waste
In December 2012 Wilson County Solid Waste Department completed the construction of an 11,500 square foot building and the purchase of a tractor trailer. WCSWD now has a place to dump recycling material that is then loaded on the trailer and transported to Raleigh. All plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, magazines, aluminum cans, steel cans, etc. are being recycled. With the building and truck and trailer the county and city have saved the first year more than $30,000 in disposal cost. Before January 2013 it cost the county and city more to recycle than to landfill garbage. WCSW is working to recycle as much material as possible to lower costs for the residents and save the environment here in Wilson County.
Organization - St. Rose Church Women's Fellowship
The group participated in the City of Wilson’s Adopt-A-Street Program, adopting Douglas Street from Banks St. to Hines St. Their efforts to bring together volunteers, pick up trash, and improve the appearance of Wilson neighborhoods have made a visible difference in our community.
For more information about the Wilson C.A.R.E.S. program or for how you can get involved please contact Daryl Norris, Stormwater Environmental Specialist, at 252-296-3305 or email@example.com.