20 for 20: ecomaine recognizes 20 ‘sustainable Mainers’ with 2020 eco-Excellence Awards

Individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses received awards for their commitment to sustainability and community throughout the last year

Citing the achievements of 20 individuals, organizations, and businesses, ecomaine’s Board recognized outstanding efforts in sustainability, waste management, and “green living” through the 2020 eco-Excellence Awards, which were given on March 10 in ecomaine’s Community Room. Awardees range from teachers and schools to dedicated community members, teens, and businesses.

“Despite having seen these awards for quite a few years, I continue to be impressed and so enthusiastic about each awardee, every year,” said ecomaine’s Outreach & Recycling Board Committee Chair, Caleb Hemphill of Falmouth.  “Each person or group here demonstrates the power of passion for sustainability.”

Added ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche, “So often, we are reminded of challenges and obstacles – that has been true in the recycling industry recently.  But these champions for strategies and solutions that work to improve our lives prove that much more is possible.

The full list of awardees is as follows.

Overall Individual eco-Excellence Award (tie):

Amelia Meier, Saco Community Center

Chris Petitpierre, Gorham

Overall Non-Profit eco-Excellence Award:

King Middle School, Portland

Overall Business eco-Excellence Award:

GoGo Refill, South Portland (owner, Laura Marston)

Individual Award Winners:

Louisa Longshore, Gabrielle Morrell, Laura Morris, & Mei Strout from Baxter Academy in Portland

David Chidsey, Gorham

Jake Cockrell, Readfield

Katherine Gross, Scarborough

Rachel Lyn Rumson, Gray

Tom Long, Portland

Non-Profit Award Winners:

Camp Ketcha, Scarborough

Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine – South Portland Clubhouse Torch Club

Business Award Winners:

Garbo-Kane, LLC, Otisfield

Kaplan Thompson Architects, Portland

Kidz Go Eco, Saco

Veterinary & Rehabilitation Clinic of Cape Elizabeth

WormMainea, Scarborough

Photos by Brian Fitzgerald.

ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche
Individual Overall Winner Chris Petitpierre
Individual Overall Winner Amelia Meier


Non-Profit Overall Winners from King Middle School
Business Overall Winner GoGo Refill Owner Laura Marston
The 2020 ecomaine eco-Excellence Awards

About ecomaine and the eco-Excellence Awards

ecomaine, the nonprofit, recycling and waste-to-energy operation that serves a third of the state’s population, is located in Portland, Maine. The eco-Excellence Awards is an annual program organized by ecomaine to recognize businesses, schools, or individuals in any of ecomaine’s member communities. Winners are selected based on the effectiveness, increased awareness, community impact, and ease of replication of their sustainability programs or initiatives.