Business awards: Week of Nov. 17

The International Regional Magazine Association, a group founded in 1960 that represents more than 30 publications in the United States and Canada, recently recognized Kentucky Monthly magazine for its August 2013 story "Freedom Fight: The Crusade Against Modern-Day Slavery" by Ron Soodalter. The story, which highlighted the efforts of Kentucky legislators, attorneys, law enforcement officials and anti- trafficking task forces, received an award of merit in the public issue category.

Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, has been chosen to receive the 2014 Henry Clay Medallion for Distinguished Service from the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation. The medallion will be awarded Dec. 11 at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort during a gala hosted by the Henry Clay Society of Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington. The Henry Clay Medallion recognizes individuals who share characteristics of the life and work of the Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay.

Lyons was selected for his accomplishments within Kentucky and for bringing the best of Kentucky to the attention of people throughout the United States and around the world. Lyons founded Alltech in Kentucky in 1980 with $10,000; it now is a $1 billion company operating in 128 countries with more than 3,500 employees.

The Lexington-Fayette Environmental Commission presented its 44th annual Environmental Commission Awards on Nov. 5 to the following individuals, organizations, and businesses that have contributed to the improvement of the local environment during the past two years: Ball Homes, bur oak preservation on Old Schoolhouse Lane; Bluegrass Greensource and Downtown Lexington Corp., Downtown Trash Bash; Clays Mill Elementary School, Springs Branch stormwater improvement project; Community Montessori School, stormwater quality improvement and stream restoration project; FoodChain, sustainable food project; Idle Hour Neighbor's Alliance, monarch waystation gardens, St. Ann and St. Margaret drives; Klausing Group, permeable pavers and water quality unit and their vegetative roof; Kentucky Utilities, Reforest the Bluegrass and the Arboretum's Party for the Planet celebration; Lakeshore Apartments Association and Andover Management Group, The Pond at Lakewood Park, sediment basin conversion for a sustainable aquatic environment; Lansdowne Neighborhood Association, Zandale Park stream bank protection project; Lexington Police Services - We Care Services, Georgetown Street neighborhood cleanup; Lexington Woman's Club Garden Department, Wellington Way garden; Lexington Division of Environmental Planning, urban tree canopy assessment and planting plan; Pax Christi Catholic Church, electronic recycling; Pinnacle Home Owners Association, children's garden; University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, UK Café Alumni Plaza project.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo