PORTLAND, Ore – Phil Fogarty, Weed Man sub-master franchisor, Euclid, Ohio, and active in environmental issues through such associations as Project EverGreen and PLANET, has been named the 2013 Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Environmental Communicator of the Year.
Fogarty, also owner of Crowley’s Vegetation Management in suburban Cleveland, was named at the annual TOCA conference held recently in Portland. The program is sponsored by Project EverGreen. The program is in its 15th year of recognizing individuals in the Green Industry for outstanding communications efforts regarding environmental issues.
“Phil, through his long-time volunteer work in the industry, epitomizes this award,” said Den Gardner, executive director of TOCA. “His work with PLANET’s Renewal & Remembrance and leadership in starting Project EverGreen are just two of numerous examples of his outstanding record of communicating the importance of environmental issues to consumers across the country.”
Norman Goldenberg, senior vice president, government affairs for TruGreen, readily endorsed Fogarty’s achievement. “There couldn’t be a better person selected to receive this honor. Your passion, enthusiasm and energy have led to many great accomplishments on behalf of our green industry.”
Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen said the organization “is committed to sponsoring this communication award because it’s a key representation of the organization’s mission to promote the benefits of green spaces. Phil has an uncanny knack for getting to the heart of an issue; particularly those involving the environment and the green industry. He understands the issues and can readily communicate the nuances to the audience he’s addressing.”
Fogarty was humbled by the award. “Thank you TOCA for being the unsung heroes of the green industry….and for making all of us better at our jobs and for making our industry bigger and for helping us help others to be better stewards of our environment,” he said. “You are so much more than communicators … you are all influencers of the future…a really, really bright one for the green industry.”