Environmentalist of the Year

Environmentalist of the Year – Agriculture:

  • All things local, organic, sustainable, agriculture
Environmentalist of the Year – Business:

  • Takes voluntary measures to ensure their business has the least possible impact on the environment.
  • Acts as a model of ecological sensitivity for peers and employees.
Environmentalist of the Year – Education through Music:

  • A new category in 2008 to honor our Great Lakes Ambassadors who educate via music..
Environmentalist of the Year – Educator:

  • Integrates environmental ethics into the curriculum and daily experience of students.
  • Instills in students a healthy respect for the natural world of which we all are a part.
  • Helps students understand the long-range impacts of their lifestyle decisions on ecosystems.
Environmentalist of the Year – General:

  • Provides outstanding leadership in addressing a major environmental issue in the region.
  • Serves as a model of ecological sensitivity for others in the region to follow in daily life and work.
Environmentalist of the Year – Grass Roots Group:

  • Empowers citizens to have an effective voice in addressing important environmental issues.
  • Is effective in bringing about change that will protect or improve the environment.
Environmentalist of the Year – Journalism and Communications:

  • Helps the public develop a deeper understanding of the environmental issues facing the region.
  • Takes the initiative in investigative reporting of environmental issues.
Environmentalist of the Year – Professional:

  • Provides outstanding leadership in addressing a major environmental issue in the region.
  • Serves as a model of ecological sensitivity for others in the region to follow in daily life and work.
Environmentalist of the Year – Public Service or Public Office:

  • Takes the lead in constructing proactive legislation or politics that protect or enhance the environment.
  • Displays integrity and impartiality in dealing with potentially controversial issues relating to the environment
Environmentalist of the Year – Student:

  • Shows leadership in addressing environmental issues in school and/or community.
  • Shows creativity and initiative in expanding own and others’ understanding of environmental concerns.
  • Acts as a model of ecological sensitivity for peers, teachers and administrators.
Environmentalist of the Year – Volunteer:

  • Provides outstanding leadership in addressing a major environmental issue in the region.
  • Serves as a model of ecological sensitivity for others in the region to follow in daily life and work.
The Clarence Kroupa Award:

  • Has shown a lifetime of achievement and commitment to the cause of environmental protection in northern Michigan.
The Golden Beaver Award:

  • Has made outstanding contributions working behind the scenes as an environmental advocate and volunteer
The Golden Bulldozer Award:

  • Has most egregiously placing our regional ecosystem in harms way from development / sprawl.
The John Nelson Award for Water Stewardship:

  • Has made outstanding contributions to water stewardship and quality monitoring in the region.