Environmentalist of the Year Awards

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Reception 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Awards ceremony 6:30 – 8:30pm

Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community, Curtis Hall
2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818
 

ECOS first started hosting the Environmentalist of the Year Awards in 1973. The awards ceremony is a time to celebrate and recognize the past year’s regional champions and community sustainability successes. It is also a time to reflect on the work we still have in front of us in the year ahead.
 

Hors d’oeuvres to be served during the reception.

 

Moniz Family Wines will be pouring complimentary wine to our guests.

 

Midtown Jazz will be performing live music for us during the reception.

 

The 2017 award categories and honorees include…


Environmentalist of the Year

Jennifer Wood of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento

Jennifer Wood is a volunteer with Citizen’s Climate Lobby and founded the Sacramento Chapter in 2013. She began as the Sacramento chapter leader, and now volunteers as a coordinator for chapters in the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevadas. As a professional soil scientist, she has a deep appreciation of humanity’s relationship to our environment and of the challenges that face our planet’s life support systems. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots organization that is empowering citizens to inform public opinion and build the political will that our elected representatives can’t ignore. Jennifer helped to build a thriving local chapter that educates and engages members to keep the climate issue in the forefront – by writing letters to the editor, giving presentations, and building relationships with elected officials and community leaders. Jennifer has been a whirlwind of activity and finds ways to build alliances with groups large and small. Jennifer’s energy and commitment to the climate has earned her the recognition of Environmentalist of the Year 2017.

Environmentalist of the Year – Habitat

Lower American River Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Projects

Since 2008, the Water Forum has collaborated with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento County Parks, and other stakeholders and scientists to design and build over 30 acres of salmonid habitat along the lower American River. This unique program is sustaining wild fish in America’s only urban nationally-designated Wild and Scenic river, driving new science, and supporting balanced water use among river communities. These projects are based in a strong collaborative partnership between resource agencies, scientists, and public interests all along the river.


Environmentalist of the Year – Innovation

March for Science Sacramento

On Earth Day 2017, marches were planned across the world in solidarity with the national March for Science in Washington, D.C. The organizers of March for Science Sacramento decided that the City of Sacramento would not be absent in this important action. The March for Science Sacramento organizing team was made up of more than 50 community volunteers from throughout Sacramento who were united by their love of science. Within just a couple of months, the organizing team developed a vision for the local march, planned logistics, promoted the event and raised funds. The march brought together more than 15,000 people who collectively advocated for open, inclusive, and accessible science, and the importance of conducting and applying scientific research as an essential part of a working democracy. 


Environmentalist of the Year – Volunteer of the Year

Robert Meagher

Robert Meagher has tirelessly kept up the project list for ECOS, which includes all new relevant proposed developments in the region. He has also managed to consolidate and organize the countless PDF documents that often make up long CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) documents, and their corresponding attachments, into a single database categorized by region, priority and timing. Making these documents easier to use and refer to cuts down on the time it takes ECOS committees to digest and comment on environmental documents, effectively making it simpler for us to engage in the CEQA process.



Ticket Information

Individual Ticket $20

Tickets are no longer available online. Please purchase your ticket at the door. Bringing cash instead of a card will speed things up at the door. Thanks!

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Individual ECOS membership + 1 EOY ticket = $50 (you save $5)
Family ECOS membership + 2 EOY tickets = $80 (you save $20)
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Lifetime ECOS membership + 2 EOY tickets = $500 (you save $40)


Memories From Years Past

Last year was a wonderful gathering of the environmental community in celebration of our region’s most recent environmental successes and the environmentalists who spearheaded them. In addition to honoring and hearing from our outstanding environmentalists of the year this year, we enjoyed an address from Mayor-Elect Darryl Steinberg, live music from Midtown Jazz, wine from Moniz Family Wines and healthy eats from Whole Foods. Thank you to all who supported and/or attended the Environmentalist of the Year awards this year, with special thanks to our many generous sponsors, such as Andy Sawyer and Carol Bingham, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD), and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), and more.

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