Michael Repucci, founding partner of Johnson & Repucci LLP of Boulder, was awarded the 2012 River Conservationist Award by Trout Unlimited's Colorado Headwaters Chapter for his efforts to preserve and protect Grand County's cold-water fisheries. Repucci is part of a group of land and business owners in the Fraser River basin who are attempting to negotiate appropriate mitigation requirements with Denver Water to offset expected impacts to stream biology and morphology because of Denver's plan to increase water diversions during spring runoff and summer low-flow periods.

The LoCoYo, an all-natural frozen yogurt shop in Louisville, received the Dan B. Davidson Award for Excellence in Inclusion by the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council. The award is presented annually to businesses, individuals or agencies that exemplify the practices of inclusion that support people with disabilities as they become fully participating members of their community. The LoCoYo was honored for its participation and support of jewelry maker Sofia, who has developmental disabilities and brings people together to make bracelets that the yogurt shop sells. The shop also held a fundraising event to help with another child's medical bills.

Boulder-based Connect First Inc. received a 2012 Next Generation Network Leadership Award from media company TMC Inc.'s publications, Internet Telephony and Next Gen Mobility magazines. With Connect First Cloud Routing, calls can be routed to multiple distributed contact centers or assigned to secondary queues.

Two NOAA scientists, a NOAA-funded scientist and a locally based Environmental Protection Agency scientist are among 96 people to receive the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. The NOAA honorees are Anthony Arguez of the Boulder-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center; Kyle Van Houtan of NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center; and Rebecca Washenfelder of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Adam Eisele of Boulder, an employee at EPA's office in Denver, developed and used automated air-sampling instrumentation in a project that was the first to identify and characterize local sources of air pollution in high-altitude areas; his research is being used to identify community health risks from air pollution and to develop a mobile measurement approach that allows for remote emission assessment of oil and gas production sources.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association presented Boulder-based Spyder Active Sports Inc. with the 2012 Innovative Licensing Award for its support of the U.S. Ski Team. Spyder received the honor for its product designs, event-based marketing initiatives and athlete promotions. Most notable this season was the Spyder Land Yacht, a Four Winds Fun Mover that served as a team and event support vehicle. The Land Yacht provided a comfortable space for U.S. Ski Team athletes to recover between runs in Beaver Creek and Aspen, both onsite and at the finish area. Spyder has partnered with the U.S. Ski Team for the past 30 years.