We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. -Aldo Leopold

NMEAC has been fighting for a clean and just environment in northern Michigan for 40 years. We are an all-volunteer organization that works on a myriad of issues including clean energy, fresh water, smart development, and other issues that preserve and protect northern Michigan as a place to thrive. Become a Member today!

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    Environmentalist of the Year Celebration

    2024 Nominations

    EOY Nominations

    It's time to make your nomination for Northern Michigan's venerated Environmentalist of the Year Awards and Celebration. Who do you know that went above and beyond to make a difference last year? We welcome your enthusiasm for honoring individuals aiding our environment.

    Please fill out the form below to share your take on who should be considered to win this prestigious award.

    Please mark your calendars for our next awards ceremony on Friday, April 19, 2024. We're excited to announce that David Milarch, Co-Founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, will be our keynote speaker.

    Explore 2023 Recipients

    Award Categories

    Choose a category below that best suits your nominee.

    • Agriculture
      All things local, organic, and sustainable when it comes to agriculture.

    • 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.

    • Education
      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.

    • Grass Roots Group
      Empowers citizens to have an influential voice in addressing important environmental issues. Is effective in bringing about change that will protect or improve the environment.

    • Journalism and Communication
      Helps the public develop a deeper understanding of the region's environmental issues. Takes the initiative in investigative reporting of environmental issues.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.
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