Tupelo’s Cochran awarded nationally

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – City Environmentalist Sherrie Cochran took top honors recently at a national awards ceremony organized by Keep America Beautiful.
Cochran, who heads Tupelo’s recycling, litter prevention and beautification efforts, won the nonprofit agency’s 2010 Professional Leadership Award. It’s the group’s highest professional honor.
“Keep America Beautiful is proud to honor Sherrie’s leadership and dedication to improving the environment while enhancing her community,” Matthew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, said in a press release.
Cochran won the award during the KAB’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Fla., and called it a complete surprise.
“I was absolutely floored,” she said. “I got a standing ovation. I was so overwhelmed. It was really nice to get recognized. You do it because it’s something you feel compelled to do.”
Cochran was chosen by her peers from among some 600 affiliate executive directors across the nation.
Serving as a KAB affiliate executive director for the city since 2001, Cochran has developed a host of programs targeting each of KAB’s focus areas. All were accomplished using grant money, volunteer labor and in-kind donations.
“She deserved it because she really set a precedent for Tupelo,” said BJ Teal, head of the Development Services Department where Cochran works. “We’re just proud of her. It’s a tremendous asset that we have the privilege of working with her.”

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.