Kicking Off Earth Week, EPA Honors New York Environmental Leaders
Release Date: 04/19/2013
Contact Information: Jennifer May, (212) 637-3658, 646-369-0039 [email protected]
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has honored seventeen individuals and organizations from across New York with Environmental Quality Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. In addition, the President’s Environmental Youth Award, given each year to 10 students from across the country, was awarded to Christopher Johnston, a high school student from Manhasset, New York. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Linda Cox, Executive Director of the Bronx River Alliance to present the awards to this year’s recipients at a ceremony at EPA’s offices in Manhattan.
“EPA is thrilled to honor the work of these environmental trailblazers,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “These New Yorkers have had a major impact on protecting the environment in their communities and inspire us all to work for a cleaner, healthier environment.”
EPA presents Environmental Quality Awards annually during Earth Week to individuals, businesses, government agencies, environmental and community-based organizations and members of the media in EPA Region 2, which covers New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally-recognized Indian Nations. The awards recognize significant contributions to improving the environment and public health in the previous calendar year. For information about the Environmental Quality Awards in EPA Region 2, visithttp://www.epa.gov/region02/eqa/.
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Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association
Seneca Lake is one of New York State’s most popular tourist destinations and the center of New York’s wine industry. The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association promotes the environmental health of the Seneca Lake Watershed through an educational campaign that includes newsletters, press releases and public meetings. It funds lake and stream monitoring and studies and watershed-related educational outreach materials for local schools.