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Celebrating our ‘Eco-Heroes’

EARTHA STEWARD
special to the daily
Summit County, Colorado

High Country Conservation Center

It’s a cold and snowy day here at the conservation center’s lovely cabin. It’s hard to believe that a week ago, spring was upon us with her full force. This time of year, it’s always hard to decide whether to be excited for sun or snow, and thankfully, we’ll get a little (or a lot) of both.

In spite of the season’s mood swings, there’s a sense of celebration in the air in our office. April is here, and that means not only the beginning of a new season, but also the beginning of Earth Month. While we advocate celebrating the planet and its bountiful gifts every day of the year, this is a great month to focus on our community and the great things happening in

our own backyard that have broader implications for the planet.

Who has inspired you to be a better steward of the planet? Do you have any local green heroes? If so, now is the time to recognize them as part of our 2009 Green Scene Awards, which will be held in conjunction with the annual Earth Day Action Fair. Remember to mark your calendar for Earth Week, April 20-24 and the Earth Day Action Fair on April 25.

Please help us honor Summit

County’s deserving individuals,

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businesses, groups and/or officials

by nominating a community member for one of the following categories:

– Organic Fertilizer: a teacher in our community who offers great education projects for students in an effort to teach proper care for the earth.

– Julia Butterfly Hill Individual Achievement Award: an individual who makes our community greener and keeps an eye on the environmental movement of our community.

– Essential Earthy Employee Award: co-worker or employee that advocates for environmental practices to be instituted within the workplace.

– Green Machine Public Works: a worthy government agency or official that goes beyond the government standard for environmental programs.

– Lisa Simpson Outstanding Youth Award: a youth that works to better the environment, just as Lisa Simpson does in the cartoon.

– Greener Summit Business Award: a local business that makes an effort

to institute environmental programs/ projects for their employees and/or their customers/clients

– Wild Wilderness Wonders:

This is the 43rd anniversary and there is even more pressure on this resource. This award recognizes an individual that works to protect wilderness.

– Building a Greener Future Award: a local builder or contractor who makes green practices a part of their building.

We consider ourselves lucky at the High Country Conservation Center because we get to see and hear about the many great things happening here in Summit County. There are many sources of inspiration for us to re-

energize when faced with complicated, sometimes controversial issues, and we are thankful for them. But we know that there are many people out there who are your source of inspiration, so tell us about them!