Here is a chance to pay homage to the Sonoma County environmentalists and environmental programs whose work you most respect. Being nominated is an honor as well as an opportunity for a specific group or issue to receive broader attention.

Nominations may be submitted via the SCCC website ( Click on the words “2013 nominations”. Please provide nominee contact information plus a paragraph or two on why this person or program deserves to be honored. Visit the award history pages to view previous awardees and nomination statements. Editors are available if you need assistance paring your reasons down. The deadline is now Friday, February 1, 2013 at midnight. Questions are welcome:

Awards and honors will be bestowed on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the 37th Annual Sonoma County Environmental Awards Dinner at the Santa Rosa Veterans’ Auditorium from 5-9pm. The dinner theme will be Climate Solutions: Storing Carbon in Sonoma County’s Agricultural Lands and Forests. Visit the SCCC website,, for more information.

Recent Awardees:
Sonoma County Environmentalist of the Year
2012 Steve Birdlebough, Chair, ExCom, Sierra Club Sonoma Group
2011 John Herrick, Milo Baker Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society
2010 Jane Nielson, PhD, Sonoma County Water Coalition
2009 David Keller, Friends of the Eel River

Sonoma County Grassroots Environmental Activist
2012 Duane DeWitt, Environmental Planning Student, UC Berkeley, Roseland Advocate

Ernestine I. Smith Lifetime Environmental Commitment Award
2012 Roger Raiche, Milo Baker Chapter California Native Plant Society Fellow 2011 and retired Botanist, University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

2009 Betty Guggolz, California Native Plant Society and Betty Burridge, Madrone Audubon Society and Redwood Region Ornithological Society
2008 Brenda Adelman, Chair, Russian River Watershed Protection Committee
2007 Bernie Album, Petaluma Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, Sonoma County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition

Outstanding Environmental Educator/Project/Program
2012 Nichole Warwick, Ecology Program Coordinator at Brookhaven Elementary School

And Environmental Educator at Pine Crest Elementary School

2011 Conservation Corps North Bay
2010 daily acts, Trathen Heckman
2009 Cotati Creek Critters, Jenny Blaker and Wade Belew, and
Pachamama Alliance, Awakening The Dreamer, Changing The Dream

Sonoma County Young Environmentalist
2011 Jessica Jones, Vice President of Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, Students for Sustainable Communities, Associated Students Sustainability Committee and SWS Sustainable Committee

Background: The Sonoma County Conservation Council
A federation of 17 non-profits, the SCCC operates the Environmental Center in Santa Rosa and collaborates with many local groups on a wide variety of issues and projects. The Center has three functions: It supports the work of member organizations, serves as an information and referral service and provides opportunity for ad hoc groupings to work on specific issues. Member groups and guests use it as their home base, and/or as a place for presenting programs, having meetings, preparing mailings or other work sessions. Most of this activity is open to the public directly, or through enrollment in one of the member organizations.

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