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Green by Degree - Presenters Bio
Created:  Sunday, September 2, 2007
Updated:  Saturday, May 17, 2008
It all began ten years ago (1989) because of the passion and energy of three Sedona women - a soccer mom, an accountant, and an artist.  Piles of aluminum, glass, and cardboard were arising in the soccer mom's kitchen as she was preparing to move to a new home.  "What can I do? I don't want to just throw it out.  Others must be having the same problem," Kate Blevins, the soccer mom, said to her friend, artist and teacher Rayna Griffin…

With the help from the City, volunteers and local businesses, business boomed until 1994 when the waste hauler suddenly stopped picking up recyclable materials.   In the Chinese language, the word crisis has two different meanings: danger and opportunity.  Blevins and teams of volunteer board members saw the opportunity and the result, after a thousand anxious moments of decision making, is the processing center at 2280 Shelby Drive, built of recycled and salvaged materials on land leased by the City of Sedona.

The center, which processed almost 3200 tons of Greater Sedona's waste stream in 2002 (v. 55,5 tons in 1989) has become a model for rural communities elsewhere in the Southwest.  by James Bishop, Jr.

The Fourth Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards
was held on Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Special Visionary Award
Kate Blevins
Executive Director/ Founder
Sedona Recycles, Inc.

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