PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS EPA DIRECTOR WINS U.S. EPA AWARD

April 16, 2009

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Thursday, April 16, 2009                                                                  (916) 329-9180

           

PALA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that Pala’s Environmental Programs Director Lenore Lamb has received an award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her leadership and commitment to environmental protection for the Pala Band and other tribes.

 

“Lenore’s efforts have helped Pala implement environmental programs on both the reservation and in the Casino,” said Pala Tribal Chairman Robert Smith. “Her leadership has helped us reduce our environmental footprint and operate more efficiently. The Pala Band is proud to have Lenore at the helm of its EPA program and believe her award is well deserved.”

 

Lamb has been instrumental in the success and influential in securing funding for critical environmental programs. In addition to her leadership of the Pala EPA, other tribes view Lenore as an expert in solid waste and seek out her advice and counsel on a variety of solid waste management and enforcement issues.

 

 “It is a great pleasure and honor that we can recognize the innovative and important environmental work achieved by this year’s impressive group of organizations and individuals, and the example they set for all of us to follow,” said Laura Yoshii, the U.S. EPA's acting administrator for the Pacific Southwest region. “This year's winners and nominees have made superb efforts to protect and preserve our air, water and land, and increased awareness of the environmental challenges we all face.”

In May 2008 Pala opened their new model transfer station, the first of its kind in the region.  Lamb oversaw the design and construction from the early stages.  The transfer station, also open to the public, includes an area for electronic waste collection, a green waste and composting program, and a secured hazardous waste collection location.  The facility maintains a buyback center for certain recyclables and a used oil collection program.

 

Lamb formed a “Green Team” with representatives from the departments within the Pala Band’s casino and resort.  The Green Team meets regularly to discuss pollution prevention strategies and address changes needed to reduce waste and conserve resources.  

The Pala Band of Mission Indians consists of 1,117 members with 650 living on the reservation along the Palomar Mountain range, located along 5,000 square miles of California’s desert and approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego on Interstate 15.   Pala Casino, a 185,000 square foot, $115 million casino, entertainment and dining complex owned by the Pala Band, opened in April 2001.

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