Inspiring Environmental Stewards

Leading Environmental Stewardship (LES) Award

“The idea is that “LES” is more,” says Amy Marasco Newton, NatGen President. “We want to honor individuals or organizations that are doing practical yet innovative sustainable actions in their local communities.” Every other year, NatGen will honor an individual or organization that is doing great environmental work that contributes to the mission of the NatGen and the Green Earth Book Award.

 2011 Recipient

We are pleased to announce that the 2011 recipient of the LES Award is Candlewick Press. We applaud Candlewick Press for the commitment to “make the world a better place, not just through the books they publish but also in the way they work.”   During our decision-making process, we considered that Candlewick:

  • is recommended by the Rainforest Action Network for their practices.
  • is listed as an environmentally responsible publisher by the Green Press Initiative.
  • parent company Walker Books, is a founding member of the Publishers’ Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing.
  • has partnered with Net Galley to send all of their review copies digitally to cut down on paper waste. Showing its commitment to upholding the highest environmental standards by offering a more eco-friendly manner of galley distribution than previously possible.

 2009 Recipient

The first LES Award was given in 2009 to Salisbury University President, Janet Dudley-Eshbach. Committed to sustainability on campus, Dudley-Eshbach was lauded for such initiatives as adding more bike racks on campus, pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for all new construction and being one of the first signers of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Under her leadership, SU also became the first university in the U.S. to implement the environmentally friendly “PrecisionWash ” laundry system in residence halls campus wide.

McGranaghan Stewardship Award

The McGranaghan Stewardship Award will be given to an individual or organization that has had the greatest impact on the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, Virginia. This nature trail was dedicated in October 2009 as an outdoor classroom where students learn about and develop an appreciation for the nature that surrounds them—it also serves as a nature park for residents and visitors.

NatGen presented the McGranaghan Stewardship Award in October 2009 to the first recipient, Loudoun Valley High School teacher Liam McGranaghan, to recognize his personal dedication, commitment, and support to the creation and maintenance of the Chapman DeMary Trail. In addition to spending his own time to work on the trail, Mr. McGranaghan has been an inspiration to his students to be good stewards of the trail, which provides an amazing habitat to many species of flora and fauna.  Along with the award, NatGen donated $1,000 for the trail in his name.

2014 McGranaghan Stewardship Award Recipient

We bestowed the McGranaghan Stewardship Award to David Ward for his extraordinary efforts to protect the habitat at the trail and educate people about it. David helped us on our The Trail to Water Quality project with his overall guidance and also took special interest in helping the our high school students prepare the plan that they ultimately presented to the town council.

The Nature Generation continues the water monitoring efforts with annual events at the Chapman DeMary Trail. Without fail, Ward, who is certified to conduct specific types of water monitoring, comes to lead these efforts at the trail, and shares his experience and knowledge with all who participate. more…

Presidential Volunteer Awards

As a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, we are proud to play a part in honoring our volunteers who have provided countless hours in support of our mission. To date, individuals from Project Performance Corporation, Salisbury University and SRA International have been recognized by the President of the United States.

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