Fayetteville names winners of 2022 environmental stewardship awards

Photo: Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken

FAYETTEVILLE — The city’s Environmental Action Committee last week announced the recipients of the mayor’s annual environmental stewardship awards.

The awards recognize excellence in sustainable practices, programs or projects undertaken by community members, non-profit organizations, small businesses or educators that reside or work in Fayetteville.

This year’s business winner is Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken, and the winner of the advocacy award went to Amelia Southern.

Dot’s is located at the Yacht Club food truck court on College Avenue. Officials said owners Russell and Sarah Ingram use packing, portion cups, side bowls and utensils that are all compostable and provided locally from Food Loops. The Ingrams also use the city’s food waste and compost program to turn packing and food waste into nutrient-rich soil.

Southern is a freshman at the University of Arkansas who founded the Arkansas branch of Zero Hour, a national climate activism organization focused on the impact of climate change and advocating for the environmental justice for marginalized groups.

It’s the second year for the program, which in 2021 gave awards to Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Arkansas Myriad and Pattie Erwin.