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Our Mission ... Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers, is committed to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area.

  

In General  

 

The Keep Sedona Beautiful Awards of Excellence honor individuals, businesses or organizations that demonstrate outstanding public or commercial architectural design, xeriscaping, lighting, signage, or provide exceptional service to the community. The awards honor those who have most contributed to the mission to keep Sedona beautiful." 

KSB believes that the scenic beauty of Sedona should be protected, and that the built environment should never compete for attention with our natural surroundings, day or night.  Thus, judging for new or redesigned buildings is based on their harmony with the natural environment, beyond what is required by municipal or county regulations. Outdoor lighting, signage and landscaping are judged by the same standards. Single-family homes are not usually considered for these awards, unless there is an exceptional innovation in environmental construction.

Special attention is given to major improvements in existing buildings, lighting and signage which did not previously conform to these standards. Innovations in environmentally-sensitive building, native low-water-use landscaping and elimination of non-conforming signs are considered as well.

Community service awards are made for outstanding contributions to the community by individuals, businesses and organizations.

Award presentations are usually held each year following the fall nominations.

 

 


 

KSB Awards of Excellence for 2015 held Saturday February 13, 2016  

  

Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) recognized, for the past year of 2015, individuals, businesses and organizations who demonstrated outstanding public or commercial architectural design, exceptional xeriscaping, lighting, signage, conservation or has provided exceptional service to the community. The awards honored those who most contributed to the mission to “Keep Sedona Beautiful.” Winners were honored at a special Keep Sedona Beautiful Awards of Excellence Celebration luncheon on Saturday February 13, 2016 at the Los Abrigados Resort and Spa.

Special consideration was given to efforts to conserve our environment and minimize our footprint on the environment, including innovations in environmentally-sensitive buildings, low-water-use conservation, and efforts to reduce usage of outside energy sources. New or redesigned buildings were judged on the basis of their harmony with the natural environment, beyond what is required by municipal or county regulations. Keep Sedona Beautiful believes that the scenic beauty of Sedona should be protected, and that the built environment should never compete for attention with our natural surroundings, day or night.

 

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. Recognizes

Outstanding Efforts that Align with its Mission

2016 Honorees2

From top left to right: Tom Vitron, Steve Segner, Amy Aossey, Kent Ellsworth,

Bonnie Golub, Norm Sunstad, Lynne Crowe, Joanne Kendrick, Birgit Loewenstein, Susan Murrill

   

 

The winners for the 44th Annual Awards of Excellence are:

 

Steve Segner Receives Award

Steve Segner

Community Service

Norm Sunstad Community Service Award

Norm Sunstad

Community Service

Kent Ellsworth VV Caregivers2

Kent Ellsworth, Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition

Community Service

Tom Vitron Page Spring Cellars

Tom Vitron, Page Springs Winery

Environmental Stewardship

Bonnie Golub Jewish Comm Center2016

Bonnie Golub, Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley

Signage

 

Amy Aossey Yavapai Food Neighbors Project2016

Amy Aossey, Yavapai Food Neighbors Project

Community Service

Susan Murrill Vol Of the Year2016

Susan Murrill

Volunteer of the Year

John Cornelius Comm Service2

John Cornelius

Community Service

Birgit Loewenstein Joanne Kendrick Receive Norman McGee Award

Birgit Loewenstein and Joanne Kendrick

Norman McGee Award recipients

 


 

KSB Awards of Excellence for 2014 held Saturday January 24, 2015

 

Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) recognized, for the past year of 2014, individuals, businesses and organizations who demonstrated outstanding public or commercial architectural design, exceptional xeriscaping, lighting, signage, conservation or has provided exceptional service to the community. The awards honored those who most contributed to the mission to “Keep Sedona Beautiful.” Winners were honored at a special Keep Sedona Beautiful Awards of Excellence Celebration luncheon on Saturday January 24th, 2014 at the Los Abrigados Resort and Spa.

Special consideration was given to efforts to conserve our environment and minimize our footprint on the environment, including innovations in environmentally-sensitive buildings, low-water-use conservation, and efforts to reduce usage of outside energy sources. New or redesigned buildings were judged on the basis of their harmony with the natural environment, beyond what is required by municipal or county regulations. Keep Sedona Beautiful believes that the scenic beauty of Sedona should be protected, and that the built environment should never compete for attention with our natural surroundings, day or night.  

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. Recognizes

Outstanding Efforts that Align with its Mission

Awardee group Photo2015

From top left to right: Rob Adams, Former Mayor of Sedona, Tom O'Halleran, KSB President, Jody Marie Smith, Diane Joens, Mayor of Cottonwood,

Nicole Branton, Red Rock District Ranger, Corrie Cooperman, Sedona Fire District, Jennifer Young, President, Friends of the Forest

 

The winners for the 43rd Annual Awards of Excellence are:

 

BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response Team) Slide Fire, U.s. Forest Service

For their Environmental Stewardship and dedicated efforts after the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon.

Sedona Fire District, Chapel Station No. 6  

For Architectural and Environmentally - Sensitive Design

City of Cottonwood

For Water Conservation through their Exemplary Water Recreation System.

Friends of the Forest (FOF)

For  20 Years of Community Service , protecting and enhancing the forest experience for residents and tourists alike. 

City of Sedona

For Environmental Stewardship through its support and cooperation with KSB in achieving the city's Dark Sky Designation. 

Norman McGee Award - Tom O'Halleran

Keep Sedona Beautiful’s highest recognition of an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and service over many years. KSB is proud to present this honor in 2014 to Norris Peterson

in grateful appreciation of his outstanding dedication and service.

Volunteer of the Year

Jody Marie Smith, Graphic Design

 

  


 

KSB Awards of Excellence for 2013 held Saturday January 25, 2014 

The KSB Awards Committee is proud to announce the awardees for the 42nd Annual Awards for Excellence to honor those organizations and businesses which have worked very hard to keep Sedona beautiful without compromising future needs.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Sustainable Maintainable.”  We received in total ten nominations including two nominations for two special awards: the new Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Norman McGee Award. Each application was reviewed by our committee for accuracy and appropriateness, and our final decisions were confirmed by the KSB Board.

Winners will be honored at a special Keep Sedona Beautiful Awards of Excellence Celebration Luncheon on Saturday January 25th, 2014 at the Sedona Elks Club.  The doors will open at 11:15 am.  Space is limited and by reservation only. Individual luncheon tickets are $30 for KSB members, $35 for non-members and a table of eight is $220. Tickets for the event may be purchased by contacting the KSB office at: 282-4938 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please RSVP no later than January 16th, 2014.

Special consideration was given to efforts to conserve and minimize our footprint on the environment, including innovations in environmentally-sensitive buildings, low-water-use conservation, and efforts to reduce usage of outside energy sources. 

 

The winners for the 42nd Annual Awards of Excellence are:

 

Citizens Steering Committee for the Sedona Community Plan 

For their dedicated effort to create the 2014 Sedona Community Plan for a sustainable, maintainable Sedona.

Jon Thompson, Chair; Rio Robson, Vice-Chair

Community Plan Committee :  Mike Bower, Member; Jim Eaton, Member; Angela LeFevre, Member; Barbara Litrell, Member; Marty Losoff, Member; Elmer Magaziner, Member; Gerhard Mayer, Member; Judy Reddington, Member; John Sather, Member; 

Volunteers for the Red Rock State Park  

For developing environmental education for park visitors, school children and the local community as a whole.

Gardens for Humanity

For creating sustainable change through education and the development of gardens in local communities and schools.

Verde Valley Wine Consortium

For playing a major sustainable, maintainable role in the Verde Valley wine industry through the growth and development of the Yavapai College viticulture and enology programs.

Oak Creek Watershed Council

For its sustainability efforts in working to maintain the water quality in Oak Creek; in providing valuable water education to the public;  in installing pet waste stations; and in storm water mitigation community projects. 

Norman McGee Award - Norris Peterson

Keep Sedona Beautiful’s highest recognition of an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and service over many years. KSB is proud to present this honor in 2013 to Norris Peterson in grateful appreciation of his outstanding dedication and service.

Volunteer of the Year

Nancy Spinelli

 

Please join us to honor the recipients on January 25, 2014.

Call 928.202.4938 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations.

 



KSB Awards of Excellence for 2012 held February 16, 2013

 

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Sustainability for the Future”. We will honor contributions which have kept this place so special with an eye toward keeping it special well into the future.

Learn about projects and groups involved in sustainable practices.  

 

Those honored this year are working very hard to keep Sedona beautiful without compromising future needs. 

Congratulations to:

Red Rock Ranger District - Signage     courthouse_vista_sign1

Town of Clarkdale - Permaculture Project     permaculture-clarkdale

Sedona Recycles - Acceptance of Styrofoam     sedona_recycles

Enchantment Resort - Exemplary Sustainable Practices     enchantment

Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Office - Green Building     admin_building

Sedona Wetlands Preserve - Creation of Wildlife Habitat Using Treated Effluent     wetlands

M & M Property Management - Additional Solar Panel Installation     la_tierra_parking

NRG Build Pros - Zero Waste Production in Residential Building Project     nrg_builders

Sedona West Elementary Green Club - Grade 6 Green Team Efforts     w.sedona_elementary

The speaker this year is KSB president, Tom O’Halleran. Tom served in the Arizona State Legislature from 2006-2008. Tom chaired several committees which included the House Resource Committee and the Senate Higher Education Committee. He is Co-Founder of the Arizona Watershed Alliance and has chaired the Verde Watershed Association.

KSB’s 41st Annual Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held at Tlaquepaque in the upstairs ballroom on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM. Wildflower Bakery is providing the buffet luncheon. All seating is by reservation only. Tickets are $30 per person for KSB members and $35 for non KSB members. A table of ten general seating may be purchased for $275. A table of ten including the honoree and guest may be purchased for $215.  Please call the KSB office at 928.282.4938 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your tickets today!

 


 

KSB Awards of Excellence for 2011

KSB’s 40th Annual Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa on Sunday, February 19, 2012 starting at 11:30.  All seating is by reservation only. Tickets are $35 per person or a table of ten can be purchased for $325.  Please call the KSB office at 928.282.4938 to reserve now!

To celebrate KSB’s 40th Anniversary, we have chosen the “Four Decades of Treasures,” as this Year's Theme

We Will Honor the most significant contributions which have kept this place so special

and, A Very Special Speaker ...

Lisa Schnebly Heidinger

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Our “Four Decades of Treasures” include:  
   
The Forest Management Plan Sedona Academy
Friends of the Forest Educational Resources
Sedona Recycles Sedona-Oak Creek School District
KSB Litter Lifters Yavapai College, Sedona Campus
Land Preservation Sedona Public Library
Sedona Heritage Museum KSB Native Plant Workshop
Building Community Red Rock State Park
Sedona Incorporation Performing Arts
Big Park Regional Council Jazz on the Rocks
Roadway Enhancements Chamber Music Sedona 
Uptown Enhancement Project Sedona Arts Center Theatre 
Highway 179 Project Southwest Theatre 
Sedona Community Center Canyon Moon Theatre 
Tlaquepaque  

 

This year, to celebrate KSB’s 40th Anniversary, we will have a special guest speaker who can weave Sedona into a broader context.   Lisa Schnebly Heidinger is a very dynamic speaker, story teller, and accomplished author.  Lisa’s love of Arizona is as deep as her roots; Sedona was named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly.    For 30 years, Lisa has been a journalist, finding and recording Arizona’s stories, first as a newspaper and television reporter, then as a columnist and author.  She has written six books and countless articles about aspects of Arizona

February 14,2012 will be the Arizona State Centennial, and Lisa’s most recent book is the official State Centennial book, “Arizona: 100 Years Grand.”  This book was a six-year labor of love. Besides writing our state’s official centennial book, Lisa serves on the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission and the Arizona Centennial Commission, as well as the Centennial Foundation Board.

Tom & Shondra will be our Masters of Ceremonies for our Awards of Excellence presentations and great raffle prizes.

The cost of the luncheon is $35 per person for KSB members and $40 per person for non KSB members.  You can reserve a complete table for 10. The entire table will be $325.

Reservations can be made by contacting Jan or Wendy in the KSB office at 282-4938 or email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

We look forward to a wonderful event honoring businesses and organizations that help keep Sedona beautiful.

  


KSB 39th Awards of Excellence for 2010

On February 13th, 2011, Keep Sedona Beautiful held its 39th Annual Awards of Excellence luncheon to honor individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made a significant contribution to keeping Sedona beautiful.

The 2010 award honorees were:

 

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Architectural Design - The Hike House

 

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Signage  - City of Sedona Department of Parks and Rec

 

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Signage  - Desert Quail Inn.

 

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Community Service - Sandie Hensley

 

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Community Service - Cornucopia Community Advocates

 

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Landscaping - Sedona Area Garden Club

 

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Landscaping - Dry Creek Plaza

 

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Conservation  - Sedona Oak Creek School District Solar Farm at the High School

 

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Special Community Award -

Sedona Oak Creek School District for the Sedona Performing Arts Center

 

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The KSB Ken Corey Award - Cole Greenberg

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The KSB Awards of Excellence 2010 Honorees

 


 

2007 Awards
Theme: Inspiring Efforts

2007 Awards Ceremony Photo Gallery

Building and Architecture

  • Chamber of Commerce Uptown Visitor Information Center
  • Amitabha Stupa
  • Shepard Wesnitzer Office Building
  • altUptown Enhancement Project

Community Service

  • Doug Blackwell
  • Sedona Community Foundation
  • Voice of Choice for Highway 179
  • Barbara R. Brown
  • Ruth Kane
  • Marie Brown
  • Sedona Water Wise Alliance
  • Bob Carabell

Norman McGee Award

  • Stephen DeVol
    altThe Norman McGee Award is the highest recognition that KSB can bestow on an individual for outstanding dedication and service to Keep Sedona Beautiful and to the community, over a number of years.  This award is not given lightly nor regularly – only when obviously and richly deserved. The 2007 Norman McGee Award recipient is Stephen DeVol.

Emcees: Tom & Shondra

altSpecial thanks to Shondra for writing the music and lyrics for We Are the Guardians which expresses her love of Sedona and the responsibilities of all residents and visitors who care about Sedona! Keep Sedona Beautiful is grateful to Shondra for presenting We Are The Guardians theme song as a gift to Keep Sedona Beautiful on the occasion of its 35th anniversary of Preserving the Wonder®.

Most Sedonans know Shondra as half of the well known entertainment duo, Tom & Shondra. What most people don’t know is that she composes and arranges all of the duo’s music herself by layering and recording each instrument digitally. The duo does not use karaoke tracks but rather her recorded compositions whether it be dance music or show tunes. In addition, she is a songwriter and has been composing her own songs in every style imaginable for years. This includes tunes she’s written for organizations, commercials and projects of all kinds.

To contact Tom & Shondra, call 282- 3530 or www.tomandshondra.com

 

 

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