The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the Environmental Champions from New York in a ceremony at the EPA Manhattan offices where EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck presented awards to the 28 individuals and organizations.
“It is a privilege for EPA to be able to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of these environmental trailblazers,” Enck said. “These individuals and organizations from across New York are an inspiration, encouraging us to do our best to protect the environment every day.”
The awards, which are presented annually, go to individuals and groups who have demonstrated their commitment to protect public and environmental health. This year’s winners have done so through efforts ranging from scientific study of aquatic ecosystems in the state’s estuaries to the discovery of contaminants in local public drinking water to food waste management projects.
Individual winners include Alexandra Ferguson, Dr. Christopher Gobler, Dani Glaser, Helen Hays, John Wackman, Dr. Joseph Gardella, Laura Petit, Lauren Singer, Dr. Maida Galvez, Dr. Marcus Martinez, Michael Hickey, Sarah Womer, Shavonne Smith, Dr. Sherri Mason, Thomas Lowe and Dr. William Boeck.
This year’s organization and business winners were: Arm of the Sea Theater Company, The Great Healthy Yard Project, Materials for the Arts, Northeast Recycling Council, NY Sun Works, Protectors of Pine Oaks, Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority, Save the Rain, Sodexo Dining Services at SUNY Oneonta, Sustainable Westchester Inc., the Town of North Hempstead and Water Footprint Calculator. New York also boasts two runners up for the 2015 President’s Environmental Youth Award, Annabelle Ng and Robin Shum.