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ANNOUNCING THE 2014 ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER OF MARIN AWARD

MARIN, November 22, 2014 – Several Marin county environmental and sustainability leaders be recognized at the Environmental Leader of Marin Awards ceremony held Thursday December 4th, 2014 at the Mill Valley Community Center.

The VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Several local eco-heroes will be celebrated and presented with awards, including:

Gold Medal Award: Megan Isadore, River Otter Ecology Project

Isadore works as a watershed naturalist, wildlife rehabilitator and educator at the River Otter Ecology Project. River Otter’s habitat extends from headwaters to oceans using every part of the watershed as their home. River Otters were thought to be close to extinction in the Bay area and little was known about them.

Now, thanks to the help of the River Ecology Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Isadore, more people are aware of the otters, and able to help with the restoration and conservation of their watershed environment. The Project has recorded over nine hundred sightings as of July 2014. (www.riverotterecology.org).

“We are faced with environmental problems that will take all our ingenuity, intelligence and wisdom to influence,” Isadore says.  “When a sentinel species like river otter returns and thrives, we know that conservation can work.”

Silver Medal Educator Award: Jennie Lynne Pardi

Pardi is currently the Education Manager at NatureBridge Golden Gate. She has worked in the field of environmental conservation for the past 20 years as an environmental educator, a field biologist, and program manager.

Through her work at Conservation Corps North Bay, and as a volunteer in the community, Pardi has helped schools, businesses, non-profits and government agencies with their green programs.

Sustainable Business of Marin Award: SolEd Benefit Corp

Formed as a benefit corporation, Sol-Ed (www.sol-ed.com) is a solar company. SolEd seeks to provide the lowest lifetime cost of energy to schools, universities, municipalities and large non-profits. SolEd is presently serving ten agencies in Marin, Sonoma and Napa to provide solar systems at twenty-one sites, from Mill Valley and San Rafael to Cloverdale and St. Helena in the Northbay SEED PV program.

 SolEd is interested in not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions but helping educate students about the importance of avoiding air pollution and climate change.

About the Awards

The Awards support EarthScope Media & the Academy for Sustainability & Communications “ASC”, which provides vocational training and education to Marin county youth. Featured in National Geographic Kids, EarthScope Media believes that the public needs access to reliable information about environmental issues from independent media. This is especially true today when only six corporations, own 90% of the U.S. media.

EarthScope produces environmental news through radio, print and online stories that reach hundreds of thousands of people in the Bay area and beyond. Founded on the principle that education can change lives – and change the world, EarthScope’s ASC provides in depth vocational training and education to youth.

According to Catriona Glazebrook, the Director of EarthScope Media, (www.earthscopemedia.com), “Given present job trends its more important for young people to have the type of real job skills that ACS offers; such as communications and technology skills, while also providing them education about science, sustainability and the environment.”

The Awards were founded by Catriona Glazebrook, who has spearheaded environmental causes since 1970. She has also helped to fund the work of over 200 NGOs’ internationally and in the US, and is an expert in environmental trends. The first award winner was former Marin County Supervisor Charles McGlashan who helped to launch the Marin Energy Authority. Other past awardee’s include Marty Griffin, who played a major role in establishing wildlife sanctuaries and whose work was featured in the film Rebels with Cause, and Congressman Jared Huffman, one of the legislature’s leading advocates for sustainable water policy.

By honoring local leaders who are achieving results on behalf of the environment, we bring greater awareness of and support to their efforts. We also gather together those committed to environmental causes to unite and honor those individuals who make a difference. We must come together to encourage, support and environmental efforts in this critical time of unprecedented global challenges.” Says Glazebrook.

For more information about the awards, please visit www.environmentalleaderofmarin.com.