Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, state Sen. Linda Stewart and retired Orange County deputy director for environmental services Lori Cuniff will be among those receiving chairman’s awards for environmental excellence from the Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Cuniff will be recognized at the district’s Jan. 12 Board of Supervisors meeting for her extensive collaborations with the conservation district on issues ranging from lake cleanups to county resolutions to ban fracking and save green space, said district Chairman Eric Rollings.

Dyer will be recognized for his Green Works Orlando initiative, while Stewart, an Orlando Democrat, will be lauded for her multiple environmental bills, ranging from protection of bear habitats to recycling, Rollings said.

Chairmans awards for environmental excellence also will be presented to three citizens, Katrina Garvin Shadix of Oviedo, president of Bear Warriors United; Chuck O’Neal of Speak Up Wekiva, and attorney Steven M. Meyers.

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