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Environmentalist
of the Year
Celebration

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    Environmentalist of the Year Celebration

    Over 100 people joined us on Zoom and participated in our live stream from the Neahtawanta Center, where several NMEAC board members and award recipients joined us for a celebration.

    See this year's recipients listed here.

    See this year's nominees listed below.

    Everyone is a winner in our book. Thank you for your support and participation.

    VIDEO CHAPTERS

    Hover over the video timeline to navigate through the video, or watch on YouTube for easy navigation.

    00:00 Welcome from Ann Rogers, NMEAC Chair
    00:56 Sally Van Vleck and "Founding Mothers," Martha Phillips, and Charlene Goral
    04:22 Keynote: Kate Madigan, Director of Michigan Climate Action Network
    24:49 Music from Victor McNanemy - "Lament of the Lakes"
    34:32 Ann Rogers sets up the Awards
    35:50 Jeremy Reisig introduces Nominees and Recipients
    37:57 Environmentalist of the Year: Student - Katherine DePauw, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
    39:52 Environmentalist of the Year: Educator - Cory Hanson, Greenspire School
    42:43 Environmentalist of the Year: Grass Roots Group - Jannan Cornstalk, Water is Life Festival
    46:24 Environmentalist of the Year: Journalism & Communications - Beth Wallace, National Wildlife Federation
    48:49 Environmentalist of the Year: Business - Bob Sutherland, Cherry Republic
    50:24 Environmentalist of the Year: Public Service Office - Kama Ross, Grand Traverse & Leelanau Conservation District
    50:38 Environmentalist of the Year: Professional - Kelly Thayer, FLOW For The Love Of Water
    55:16 Environmentalist of the Year: Volunteer - Madeline Baroli, Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts
    58:01 Environmentalist of the Year: Volunteer - Aubrey Ann Parker, Benzie Water Festival
    59:55 Environmentalist of the Year: General - Rick Buckhalter
    1:02:49 Environmentalist of the Year: Agriculture - Barry Krull, Krull's Composting (accepted by Christina Speaks)
    1:07:55 John Nelson presents the John Nelson Watershed Steward Award - Tom Nelson, Leelanau Conservancy
    1:10:11 Ann Rogers presents the special Litigator of the Year - Holly T. Bird
    1:13:07 Susan Wheadon presents the Golden Beaver Award - Cathie Cline
    1:15:51 John Nelson presents the Clarence Kroupa Lifetime Achievement Award - Dori Turner, Watervale Inn (accepted by Glen Chown)
    1:21:36 Ann Rogers and David Petrove present the Golden Bulldozer Award - five of the Grand Traverse County Commissioners
    1:24:08 Ann Rogers introduces Terri Reisig to give the inaugural Greg Reisig Prize for Environmental Journalism - Dave Dempsey, FLOW For Love Of Water
    1:30:11 Farewell and a reading from Ann Rogers
    1:32:00 Farewell from Jeremy Reisig as he performs "Love."

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