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2008 Case Study NatureScape Broward
Broward County > Pollution Prevention > Emerald Award > 2008 Case Study NatureScape Broward

The Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department recognized several local businesses, government agencies and residents for their outstanding environmentally-responsible practices. Each winner received an Emerald Award trophy or a NatureScape Stepping Stone for their exceptional efforts in protecting the environment.

Emerald Awards Stepping StoneThe Broward County Board of County Commissioners presented trophies to the winners at a special ceremony; followed by a brief reception:

Tuesday, April 28, 1:30 p.m.
Broward County Governmental Center
Broward County Commission Chambers, Room 422
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
The winners were:
NatureScape Broward Trophy Winners

Mona and Walter Johnston - Homeowner
Ron Phenix and Danny Meyers - Homeowner
Samantha Seidman and Jack Levy - Special Achievement
Art Constantino - Special Achievement
Broward County Public Schools

This is an example of the NatureScape Stepping Stone awarded to NatureScape Broward Trophy Winners

Learn more about the NatureScape Broward Trophy Winners' accomplishments and their winning categories. View their case studies below.

Category: Homeowner

Mona and Walter Johnston
Coconut Creek, Florida

Mona Johnston, husband with Stacy Ritter

view of front yard

Mayor Stacy Ritter, District 3 (top left photo) presents the Emerald Award Certificate and NatureScape Broward Stepping Stone to homeowners Mona and Walter Johnston of Coconut Creek, Florida. A view of their backyard (top right photo).

photo of Mona Johnston's back yard

Originally, their yard was a typical developer's landscape. In the past few years, they have transformed it to80% native landscape with an emphasis on gardening for wildlife

Front yard view

Front yard view

photo of a rain barrel

Rain barrel

path in shade

Neighbors have joined the Johnston's in creating backyards that form a continuous 200 foot linear walkway. They can walk along the path or sit in the shade to enjoy the sights, sounds and scents

Category: Homeowner

Danny Meyers and Ron Phenix
Margate, Florida

photo of Danny Meyers and Ron Phenix receiving award from Mayor Stacey Ritter

Mayor Stacy Ritter, District 3 (left top photo) presents the Emerald Award Certificate and NatureScape Broward Stepping Stone to homeowners.

photo of Danny Meyers and Ron Phenix yard

Their corner lot is a welcome retreat from the sun and traffic.Ron and Danny have a 95% native landscape that uses no supplemental irrigation and has no turfgrass.Pictured (top right) is one of the many seating areas in their landscape.

photo of Danny Meyers and Ron Phenix yard photo of Danny Meyers and Ron Phenix yard
Front Yard view (left photo above) Artistic elements abound in this yard, such as hand painted murals and hand- made mosaic tile tables and benches. Hand painted wall near the front door. (right photo above)
photo of Danny Meyers and Ron Phenix yard photo of Danny Meyers and Ron Phenix yard
Side yard view (left photo above) One of many walking paths around the home (right photo above)

Category: Special Achievement

Samantha Seidman and Jack Levy

photo of commissioners presenting certificate

CommissionerDiana Wasserman-Rubin, District 8 (far left) and Mayor Stacy Ritter, District 3 (far right) present the Emerald Award Certificate and NatureScape Broward Stepping Stone to Samantha Seidman, her grandfather, Jack Levy, and Project Manager, Robert Rudolph (Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department).

 save our water logo

photo of sticker on faucet This water drop sticker was created by Samantha Seidman and her grandfather, Jack to remind people to use less water.
photo of a brochure This Save Water, Please brochure was created to hold the water drop stickers. Brochures and stickers are being distributed to schools and communities, fulfilling Samantha's dream to reach out to all children and encourage them to save water.

Category: Special Achievement
Art Constantino

For more information, contact:
Art Constantino
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/eartcons/
Email: artcons@bellsouth.net

Photo of Art Constantino receiving award

District 7 Commissioner John Rodstrom, Jr. (left) and District 3 Mayor Stacy Ritter (right) present the Emerald Award Certificate and NatureScape Broward Stepping Stone to Art Constantino

photo of Art Constantino in front of rain barrels Art has conducted over 40 rain barrel workshops in the past several years. He had created a "How to Make a Rain Barrel" flyer and and a "How to Make a Rain Barrel" traveling display
photo of Art Constantino in front of rain barrels Art Constantino and Ann Poe offering instructions on how to make a rain barrel at Water Matters Day 2009
photo of rain barrel

Art has come up with innovative ways to capture the A/C runoff in rain barrels for use in refilling ponds, bird baths, and fountains.

This is a pump fed A/C water system. The A/C is refilling the rain barrel through a clear tube.


graphic of Broward County Public Schools logoCategory: Municipality/Government/School
Broward County Public Schools

Environmental Initiative

  • Plantation High Horticulture
  • South Plantation Environmental Magnet and Agri-Science
  • Western High Horticulture

This Emerald Award recognizes the support from the School Board and the outstanding efforts of the Horticulture and Agri-Science programs for their creations of NatureScape landscapes on school campuses.

Photo of District 7 School Board Member Dr. Robert Parks receiving the EA Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, District 8 (left) and Mayor Stacy Ritter, District 3 (right) present the Emerald Award Certificate and NatureScape Broward Stepping Stone to the District 7 School Board Member Dr. Robert D. Parks
photo of principals receiving award Commissioner Lois Wexler, District 5 (far left) and Mayor Stacy Ritter, District 3 (far right) present the Emerald Award Certificates and NatureScape Broward Stepping Stones to (from left) Plantation High School Assistant Principal Brougher Bass, Western High School Principal Scott Fiske, Western High School horticulture teacher Brett Williams, Plantation High School horticulture teacher Robert Capps.
photo of Gary Hines receiving award Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, District 8 (left) and Mayor Stacy Ritter, District 3 (right) present the Emerald Award Certificate and NatureScape Broward Stepping Stone to Gary Hines, Environmental Resource Manager.

The students are getting on-the-job training while installing native gardens.

photo watering a new garden Brett Williams, Agri-Science Teacher at Western High School, watering a newly planted area at Indian Ridge Middle School
photo putting up a banner Banner advertising one of the Environmental Outreach Days held at 15 Middle Schools in Broward County over the past two years.

Partnering on Community Outreach Events

photo of band and color guard The band and color guard perform at Seminole Middle School Environmental Outreach Day
photo of a solar car South Plantation High Solar Car on display at Water Matters Day 2009

In the past 3 years, the Horticulture and Agri-Science students have planted over 4,000 native trees on school campuses district wide. This is equivalent to over 1.2 million square feet of native tree canopy.

photo of signage by plants Signage at a new installation of plants
photo of new installation of landscape plants New landscaping at Sawgrass Springs Middle School

NatureScape Broward and the School Board Environmental Partnership make a difference for people, plants, and animal by planting for the future.

graphic of Planting for the Future logo

Emerald Award stepping stones are given to the NatureScape winners.

photo of stepping stone