Forty Conservationists Receive 2010 TogetherGreen Fellowships

Oct 06, 2010, 09:47 ET from National Audubon Society

Promising Leaders Singled Out by Audubon/Toyota to Create Positive Environmental Change

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reviving public gardens and edible landscapes in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward. Introducing coalfield communities to biofuels. Increasing access for low-income communities to energy efficiency programs. Transforming abandoned lots into vibrant ecosystems. These are just a few ways in which 40 promising conservation leaders will advance their environmental vision and leadership skills as recipients of the 2010 TogetherGreen Fellowships.

The TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program invests in high-potential individuals from all backgrounds, providing them with the tools, resources, visibility, and a peer network to help them lead conservation actions that will help shape a healthier environmental future. Audubon and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 to fund innovative community projects, build a growing cadre of trained conservation leaders, and offer volunteer opportunities across the country to benefit the environment.

"We are thrilled to welcome another extremely talented and diverse group of TogetherGreen Fellows who have the passion and skills to inspire and lead others," said Audubon President David Yarnold. "Thanks to the generosity of Toyota, the TogetherGreen fellowship program allows Audubon to find and foster individuals who have innovative ideas and approaches for engaging people and achieving conservation results. They are poised to change the world—one community at a time."

Every year, 40 Fellows are chosen for their leadership potential, skills, and commitment to engaging diverse communities in conserving wildlife, land, water and energy. This year's Fellows class includes 15 individuals from within the Audubon network and 25 individuals from other organizations across the country. Fellows receive a $10,000 grant; assistance launching a conservation action project, specialized training, and the opportunity to become part of an exciting alumni network of conservation professionals.

TogetherGreen Fellows participate in a weeklong professional development course at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia focused on enhancing conservation skills and sharing the latest thinking on achieving sustainable conservation success. Near the completion of their 18-month fellowship, Fellows attend a multi-day retreat focused on sharing best practices, fundraising, diversity, evaluation, and strategies to sustain their conservation action projects over the long term.

The 2010 class was selected from a competitive pool of highly qualified individuals by a national advisory board of conservation and education leaders. Fellows must have at least six years experience in conservation, a passion for conservation, the desire to learn and grow, and demonstrate a proven ability in reaching new audiences. In all, the 2010 Fellows will help engage thousands of people to protect habitat, wildlife and water and save energy in 34 cities in 22 different states.

"TogetherGreen gives me optimism," said Diane Wood, President, National Environmental Education Foundation, and TogetherGreen Advisory Board Member. "TogetherGreen Fellows are smart, passionate, and representative of diverse communities. They bring vital new voices and perspectives into environmental conversations and are clearly ready to take on today's and tomorrow's ever more challenging conservation issues."

"The results from the first two years of the Fellows program brought to life everything that TogetherGreen sought to accomplish," added Patricia Salas Pineda, Group Vice President, Toyota Motor North America. "I'm confident that the next group of Fellows will continue that success and make a difference for years to come."

Since the TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership program launched in November 2008, Fellows have recruited nearly 24,000 participants and 650 partner organizations for their conservation projects and contributed nearly 98,000 hours of time.

If you or someone you know has a creative environmental project and would like to apply for a 2011 TogetherGreen Fellowship, applications will be available online beginning in early 2011 at http://www.togethergreen.org/fellows.

A complete list of the 2010 TogetherGreen Fellows and details about their conservation projects can be found at http://www.togethergreen.org/fellows.

The 2010 conservation projects that will be funded include (sorted by state):


First Name

Last Name

City

ST

Organization

Fellowship Project

Jesus

Garcia

Tucson

AZ

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Teaching about native desert plants in border lands schools for increased appreciation and improved desert habitat

Mary

Adelzadeh

Sacramento

CA

Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council

Developing Native American youth conservation leaders and establishing a network of environmental youth service providers

Rory

Cox

San Francisco

CA

Pacific Environment

Developing local clean energy projects for the San Francisco Bay Area, and publishing a how-to guide that Bay Area counties can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Mindy

Hiatt

Tiburon

CA

Richardson Bay Audubon Center

Implementing Audubon Youth Corps, an outdoor education and restoration project with Title I partner schools

Shani

Kleinhaus

Palo Alto

CA

Santa Clara Audubon Society

Improving habitat for burrowing owls through engagement of CA immigrant communities

John

Laws

San Francisco

CA

Central Sierra Audubon Society

Creating outreach and naturalist-skills school programs using a field guide for Sierra Nevada that he illustrated and produced

Nina

Suzuki

Davis

CA

Center for Land-Based Learning

Engaging diverse youth and adults in monitoring nest boxes and developing protocols to protect key species at the Farm on Putah Creek

Marcos

Trinidad

Los Angeles

CA

South Bay Audubon Society

Improving Madrona Marsh habitat by working with Korean, Hispanic, and at-risk youth

Stacey

Vigallon

Los Angeles

CA

Los Angeles Audubon Society

Engaging urban youth through scientific illustration and protection of threatened? coastal sage scrub

Christina

Nesset

Durango

CO

Southwest Conservation Corps

Piloting a river conservation program for Durango youth

Greg

Butcher

Washington

DC

National Audubon Society

Implementing an education and research project for Wood Thrush conservation

Sara

Espinoza

Washington

DC

National Environmental Education Foundation

Bringing the "Earth Gauge" program (broadcast meteorologists communicating environmental and climate info to viewers) to underserved & Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. through the Telemundo network

Fernando

Bretos

Miami

FL

Miami Science Museum

Installing mangrove seedling eco-art in Miami schools to increase appreciation for and improve Biscayne Bay mangrove habitat

Lisa

Botero

Miami Beach

FL

City of Miami Beach

Implementing a sustainability plan for the City of Miami Beach, and implementing a public campaign to engage south FL residents in water conservation and habitat restoration activities

Sara

Peel

Warsaw

IN

Wabash River Enhancement Corporation

Developing a web-based tool for residents to calculate storm water impact and their carbon footprint

Daniel

Dermitzel

Kansas City

KS

Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture

Designing and planting demonstration an urban forest garden in Kansas City. Promoting energy and ecological benefits through education and outreach.

Kenya

Stump

Lexington

KY

Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance

Designing a high school education program focused on biofuels and biodiesel, incorporating chemistry and agriculture

Jenga

Mwendo

New Orleans

LA

Backyard Gardeners Network

Engaging Lower 9th Ward residents in a community garden project to reintroduce local agriculture and improve habitat

Hilairie

Schackai

New Orleans

LA

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Improving post-Katrina neighborhood planning & storm water catchment strategies

Will

Bullock

Boston

MA

Trustee of Reservations

Organizing a youth-run community supported agriculture market and designing urban agriculture curriculum to connect youth to land, ecology, and natural resources

Rose

Gonzalez

Lawrence

MA

Groundwork Lawrence

Working with urban youth to transform a vacant lot into green space for an outdoor classroom and for improved wildlife habitat

Justin

Schott

Ann Arbor

MI

Voices for Earth Justice

Implementing a youth engagement project with Detroit Youth Energy Squad that promotes youth leadership and helps households improve energy efficiency

Greg

Swick

Ozark

MO

Greater Ozarks Audubon Society

Designing a handbook for the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems

Heather

Ristow

Billings

MT

Montana Audubon

Implementing a land stewardship and college-elementary mentorship program, working with at-risk youth

Andy

Wood

Hampstead

NC

Audubon North Carolina

Implementing a "Share the Beach" social marketing campaign to protect nesting birds through production of videos that highlight how people can help neo-tropical migratory songbirds

Thomas

Perrigo

Las Vegas

NV

City of Las Vegas

Designing and implementing homeowner workshops and promoting retrofitting for energy efficiency

Sean

Mahar

Troy

NY

Audubon New York

Creating a coalition and steering committee to help secure long-term conservation funding for NY

Jennifer

Prediger

Brooklyn

NY

Grist.org

Producing a new media/feature film to help reduce threats to habitats, improve water quality, reduce greenhouse gases; building on videos produced for Sprig and Grist/Ask Umbra

John

Rowden

New York

NY

New York City Audubon Society

Managing a citizen science shorebird program in Long Island's Great South Bay

Robin

Seeley

Ithaca

NY

Shoals Marine Lab, Cornell University

Designing an education program to protect  intertidal habitat

Nicole

Conrad

Huber Heights

OH

Aullwood Audubon Center

Expanding an Avian Art Contest to include habitat restoration and work with economically disadvantaged elementary students

Beth

Krisko

Xenia

OH

Antioch College Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center

Installing solar panels at an education center and designing an energy curriculum for diverse audiences

Mary

Coolidge

Portland

OR

Audubon Society of Portland

Piloting first "lights out" program volunteer protocol & monitoring for the city of Portland

Nuin-Tara

Key

Portland

OR

Metro

Improving access for low-income and minority communities to take part in energy efficiency programs in Portland

Diane

Husic

Kunkletown

PA

Lehigh Gap Nature Center

Designing and implementing a phenology-based school curriculum and citizen science monitoring program

Chris

Sheffield

Austin

TX

American Youth Works Charter School

Engaging youth in leadership and environmental career training and habitat restoration

Samir

Doshi

Burlington

VT

University of Vermont

Working with coalfield communities in Appalachia to improve reclaimed landscapes

Bill

Finnegan

Montpelier

VT

Tamarack Media

Creating an Phone app and Facebook interface that lets users see live, historic, and future weather and climate information

Christi

Norman

Seattle

WA

Audubon Washington

Using the State Birding Trail program to create a partnership with Olympic Tribal Tourism Association and restore habitat with Native Tribes

Janelle

Shafer

Seattle

WA

Seattle Audubon Society

Implementing an elementary school program using schoolyard habitat and scientific inquiry




About TogetherGreen

Audubon and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 to build the promise of a greener, healthier future through innovation, leadership and volunteerism. To date, 120 environmental leaders—both from within Audubon and from outside organizations—have received TogetherGreen Fellowships to protect land, water, and energy resources nationwide. For more information, visit www.togethergreen.org.

About Audubon

Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit Audubon online at www.audubon.org.    

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction.  Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.  

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/community.

Contacts:  Brenda Timm (Audubon)

212-979-3198/ btimm@audubon.org

Javier Moreno (Toyota)

212-715-7469/ Jmoreno@tma.toyota.com

SOURCE National Audubon Society



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