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Geoff Deigan Receives Garth A. Conrad Memorial Award

WRD president and CEO Geoff Deigan has received the first-ever Garth A. Conrad Memorial Award from the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Alliance (MELA). It was presented recently at the organization’s annual conference.

MELA established the award to recognize innovation in developing new thinking, techniques or products that contribute to the better creation of healthy outdoor spaces in the built environment. The award is in memory of former MELA board member and industry leader Garth Conrad.

In presenting the award, Geoff was cited for helping to change the face of the Midwestern landscape and the green industry by creating and restoring habitat, executing large-scale stormwater management projects, cultivating green jobs, integrating eco-friendly landscaping with elder-friendly outdoor engagement, fostering environmental education and more.

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Greencorps Chicago trainees practicing their tree-planting skills
Cultivating green jobs.