Washington - In the spirit of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that eight individuals and organizations in New Jersey have been awarded with the Agency's Environmental Quality Award this year. This award is presented every year to organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting the environment and recipients are selected from the following categories: individual citizen, environmental education, press and media, business and industry, non-profit organization, environmental or community group, and federal, state, local or tribal agency. EPA's annual President's Environmental Youth Award recognizes young environmental stewards who surpass their classmates in understanding the importance of the environment. This national competition is open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade who actively participate in noteworthy environmental projects. Senator Menendez (D-NJ) congratulated the winners and released the following statement in praise of their work:
"The people of New Jersey understand the important of this unique moment --we must address threats to the air we breathe, the water our families drink and the land we live on, and we can rebuild our economy in doing so," said Menendez. "With eight outstanding individuals and organizations in the Garden State receiving this important award, it is clear that our state continues to be an environmental leader. We honor and thank them for their commitment to making a difference and having a lasting impact in the world we all share."
2010 New Jersey Environmental Quality Award Winners
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
Stormwater Management in Your Backyard, New Brunswick
Stormwater Management in Your Backyard is a state-wide program that focuses on rain
gardens and rain barrels as a way to mitigate stormwater runoff. The program consists of
educational workshops that show citizens how these simple ideas can be implemented at
home. To date, 18 rain garden lectures and 13 rain barrel lectures have been presented, and
approximately 230 rain barrels have been distributed through these workshops.
The Willow School, Gladstone
Students at the Willow School learn valuable lessons about environmental sustainability from
hands-on experiences, such as its garden and roof designed to collect rainwater. The National
Geographic's "Green Guide" ranked The Willow School as the nation's second greenest school
for its progressive integration of sustainable design initiatives into the campus and the
curriculum, and it was the first educational institution in the country to design and build a
structure that received U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design gold certification.
Derrickson W. "Dery" Bennett (posthumous)
American Littoral Society, Highlands
Dery Bennett was an activist who worked to restore the New Jersey shore environment for
over four decades. He was a longtime leader of the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral
Society, where he advocated for the coastal environment and helped restore the wetlands on
the east side of Cape May. He passed away last December at age 79, and will always be
remembered for his dedication to the New Jersey shore.
Mary Lamielle, Voorhees
Mary Lamielle is the founder and president of the National Center for Environmental Health
Strategies, a non-profit that protects public health and improves the lives of people affected by
chemical and environmental exposures. She initiated the award-winning New Jersey Study of
Chemical Sensitivity, and influenced local adoption of a noise ordinance and an integrated pest
management resolution for buildings and parks.
Rancocas Conservancy, Vincentown
Christopher Jage has significantly increased Rancocas Conservancy's land holdings through
his ability to work with land owners and governmental agencies. He chaired the group's land
acquisition committee and assumed the treasurer's responsibility at the same time, providing a
perfect compliment. Through his efforts, the conservancy's preservation of 300 acres has
grown to over 1,700.
Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group
Sustainable Cherry Hill
Among Sustainable Cherry Hill's many accomplishments is helping the township adopt a 10-
point Green Action Plan that guides it on incorporating renewable energy, improving
conservation efforts and recycling efforts. Since adopting the plan, the township has retrofitted
the municipal building with solar panels, and annually works with the community to plant trees.
The group holds conferences and workshops to promote future sustainability efforts.
Michelle Doran McBean
Future City, Inc., Elizabeth
Led by CEO Michelle Doran McBean, Future City, Inc. is a non-profit leader in educating
diverse communities about sustainable development and environmental issues. The
organization focuses on protecting the estuary, quality of life, environmental justice, and land
conservancy issues in the Elizabeth area. It has dedicated its efforts to creating leadership
opportunities and educating students about the role they can play in preserving the
environment in which they live.
Federal, State, Local or Tribal Governmental Agency
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Clean Shores Program, Trenton
Clean Shores is a program under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that
removes debris such as wood, garbage, medical waste and recyclables from the tidal shorelines.
Since it began in 1989, the program has successfully removed over 126 million pounds of floatable
debris and cleaned over 2,300 miles of New Jersey's shoreline. The program also constructs dune
fencing and plants dune grass along several oceanfront communities.
For more information about the Environmental Quality Awards in EPA Region 2, go to http://www.epa.gov/region02/eqa/.