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Indiana Environmental Stewards Recognized

Award Winners Honored at Hoosier Environmental Council’s Annual Greening the Statehouse Forum

INDIANAPOLIS  – Indiana’s leading environmental educator and advocate recognized individuals, organizations and businesses for their environmental stewardship during the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Fourth Annual Greening the Statehouse Forum on Dec. 10, 2011. The winners represent stewards from all corners of the state.

The 2011 HEC Award Winners:

Frontline Advocates of the Year:
Joyce & Jack Bellows (Elkhart) and Barb & Wayne Stutsman (Elkhart), for their heroic defense of their community from a major polluter.

Land Steward of the Year:
Donovan Miller (Indianapolis), for his long-standing land stewardship.

Sustainable Agriculture Advocate of the Year:
Lisa & Eric Stickdorn (Cambridge City), for their brave stand against a neighboring, polluting factory farm.

William Fortune Philanthropist of the Year:
Aveda, for the company’s vibrant commitment to a multi-year partnership with HEC.

Elected Official of the Year:
State Rep. Craig R. Fry (Mishawaka), for his extraordinary aid to a neighborhood greatly afflicted by pollution.

Sustainable Champion of the Year:
Cassandra Cannon (Gary), for her organization’s visionary work in advancing environmental sustainability and economic development.

Environmentalist of the Year:
Lynn Jenkins (Zionsville), for her pioneering work in publishing Indiana Living Green, the first sustainability-focused magazine in Indiana.

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Richard Hill (Madison), for his exceptional dedication to wilderness protection and protecting his community from the risks of dirty energy.

Organization of the Year:
Save Maumee (Fort Wayne), for its ability to galvanize people to protect Fort Wayne’s extensive river system.

HEC’s Annual Forum brings citizens and advocates together to address the key environmental issues facing Indiana, with a focus on environmental issues before the Indiana General Assembly. Green transportation expert Jim Motavalli offered the keynote address at the 2011 event. The Forum also included expert panels on mass transit, water pollution in Indiana’s lakes and rivers, and clean energy policy solutions.

About Hoosier Environmental Council

Founded in 1983, the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) is the largest, statewide environmental policy organization in Indiana, with offices in Indianapolis, Lafayette, and Valparaiso.  HEC aims to set a new path for Indiana, embracing practices and policies that dramatically reduce the footprint of transportation, industry, commerce, and agriculture on the environment.

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