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Woodbury's Eckles receives national accolades

Woodbury Public Works Director Klayton Eckles received an American Public Works Association award last week for his efforts in environmental sustainability. (Staff photo by Riham Feshir)

Woodbury’s public works director Klayton Eckles received a national award last week for leadership efforts in environmental protection and sustainability.

Eckles received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Charles Walter Nichols award at a ceremony in Chicago, Ill., and was honored again at the Woodbury City Council meeting last Wednesday.

The award recognizes Eckles for his role in the city’s core environmental principles, said Richard McCoy, a member of APWA’s Minnesota chapter awards committee.

“His philosophy of environmental stewardship encompasses not only his professional duties but also extends into his personal life,” McCoy, the public works director for the city of Robbinsdale, said. “The passion that Klayton possesses for the protection of the environment and achieving sustainable practices is undoubted.”

Eckles has been involved in implementing innovative roadway design principles, stormwater management, Wilmes Ravine stormwater improvements, the East Ridge High School collaboration project and roundabout designs.

Eckles has also installed sustainable designs in his own yard and assisted neighbors in obtaining grants to install rain gardens to help improve water quality.

“Beyond the works on the ground, Klayton has been comprehensively involved in the creation of the next generation of standards that will help guide the next future development to have minimal environmental impact,” McCoy said.

In addition to this year’s award, Eckles has been recognized by various state agencies in previous years, including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

“It’s very evident that Klayton has a long and demonstrated record of applying environmental and sustainable principles in all aspects of life,” McCoy said. “(He) is a very worthy recipient of the 2013 APWA Charles Walter Nichols award for environmental excellence.”

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.