STATE — The Garden State Green Awards, also known as the “Boggies,” honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the environment, demonstrating that we can indeed “Save the Planet, One Person at a Time.” The awards are named after the once abundant Bog turtle, which is now among 16 indigenous animals on the NJ endangered species list. Honorees have made extraordinary efforts through:
- Preservation, reclamation or conservation activities;
- Advocacy and pursuit of ‘green’ lifestyles or business practices;
- Support or development of green/sustainable energy or energy conservation.
This year’s winners were presented with a Boggie statue by the Garden State GreenFest host and keynote speakers. Host Ed Begley, Jr., presented the Corporate Citizen and all Education awards while keynote Elizabeth Royte, author and activist, presented the Non-Profit awards. Keynote Phil Radford, Executive Director of Green Peace, presented the Public Figure award to Ted Glick, introducing him as a personal hero for his lifetime of activism and as a co-founder of Climate Crisis Coalition.
All of the Garden State Green Award winners represented the best and brightest of New Jersey’s proponents of green in eight distinct categories:
Wakefern Food Corporation, Corporate Citizen Boggie – For its long-standing and ground-breaking efforts to reuse, recycle, conserve, preserve, and educate. Wakefern has implemented a bag re-use program, operated its own recycling center, published newsletters to consumers, funded community-based clean-up and beautification projects, and made exemplary efforts to reduce energy consumption.
Saint Vincent Academy, High School Boggie – For its commitment to environmental education, energy conservation, and activism. With environmentalism infused throughout its curriculum, Saint Vincent Academy, through its Ecology Club, empowers its all-female student body to promote environmental awareness, conservation and preservation.
Nayna Shah, Individual Student High School Boggie – For her pioneering efforts and leadership among her peers and the local community to advance and promote green initiatives. A sophomore at Morristown High School, Nayna began recycling in seventh grade, spearheaded a local CFL-incandenscent bulb exchange program, and is the only youth member of her local town recycling committee.
Lily Haynes, Individual Student K-8 School Boggie – For taking the lead in her school and local community to solve a recycling problem. Lily has collected and sorted more than 25,000 bottle caps that would otherwise contaminate the recycling system while she actively educates others about the need to recycle bottle caps separately.
Jeff Keith, Individual Teacher K-8 School Boggie – For setting an example and inspiring elementary school students to respect and preserve the environment. Jeff’s green lifestyle, activism, and efforts to educate children about the importance of saving the rainforests, conserving resources, and reducing our carbon footprint have inspired many to get involved.
Ridge and Valley Charter School, K-8 School Boggie – For its mission to provide education for a hopeful sustainable future. RVCS has established principles and implemented a curriculum that cultivates a deep respect and connection to the natural world.
New Jersey Bat Sanctuary, Non-Profit Boggie – For its efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and preserve the bat population and to raise public awareness of bats’ beneficial impact on the environment. Sole operator Jackie Kashmer has dedicated her efforts to ensuring the health and habitat of New Jersey’s bat population. Her groundbreaking treatment of white-nose fungus is garnering attention from scientists around the country.
Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Non-Profit Boggie – For its work to transform the low-income Lincoln Park neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, into a more liveable and sustainable community. LPCCD has created an urban eco-village that combines smart growth, urban agriculture, arts and culture, green jobs and green job training, open space preservation and United States Green Building Council LEED-certified housing units.
Garden State GreenFest, PlanetHugger Events, and The Star-Ledger congratulate all Garden State Green Award winners for their extraordinary service to the environment.
Visit www.gardenstategreenfest.com/greenawards for more information about the Garden State Green Awards.
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