Sustainable Princeton and the Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards! This year ’s awards will be presented to a municipal employee, three high school students, a local business and three residents. The awardees were chosen based on the impact of their work, how innovative it was and if they were an unsung hero working quietly to create positive change. Activities of the awardees include everything from planting special municipal gardens to hosting zero waste school picnics and conducting a Greenhouse Gas Assessment at a local school.
A review committee comprised of community members selected the six winners. Awards will be presented on Thursday, January 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library. The award ceremony is free and open to the public.
The 2014 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Award winners are:
Alexandra Bar-Cohen, Resident – for her volunteer work to create zero waste events and a zero waste culture at the Jewish Center and Littlebrook Elementary School, and her advocacy on behalf of the county-wide plastic bag referendum. Alexandra has been responsible for changing the daily habits of countless numbers of Princeton residents and, in so doing, has helped steer us all toward a more sustainable future.
Vikki Caines, Princeton Recreation Department - for her dedication and success beyond her 9:00 to 5:00 job to envision, plant and tend special gardens at the Municipal Complex at 400 Witherspoon Street. Whether large or small, these gardens bring a smile to people’s faces, serve as educational opportunities for young people and have beautified forgotten patches of dirt and turned them into thriving gardens.
Hutchinson “Huck” Fairman, Resident - for his consistent, persistent and successful efforts to inform our community about environmental issues. Huck’s Solutions Column, which appear regularly in the Princeton Packet are eloquent and convey his passion for all things sustainable. He does not receive any money for his work. In addition, his networking and connections around sustainable behavior have inspired important environmental action in Princeton.
Tag Quijano, Zach “Woogie” Woogen & Kate Yazujian, Students – for their collective efforts to advance sustainability at the Princeton Day School such as organizing an annual Harvest Dinner for 250 and the PDS Student Environmental Conference. They were part of a Greenhouse Gas Assessment team and are leaders at the national Student Climate and Conservation Congress run by the Green School's Alliance.
Princeton Printer, Local Business – for demonstrating leadership and guidance in greening the infrastructure and operations of a local downtown business. They are a model and a knowledge-resource for everyone about how to run a green business, from installing solar panels on their rooftop to using soy ink and recycling worn out printers.
Penny Thomas & Susie Wilson, Residents – for their tenacity in working through obstacles to implement the town’s curbside organic waste program, Princeton Composts, at Constitution Hill. They worked with their neighbors, their property owner’s association and Princeton’s recycling coordinator to successfully bring the program to their neighborhood.
The Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards are sponsored by Sustainable Princeton with support from the Princeton Environmental Commission. Each year, a call for nominations is issued to help us identify Princeton’s best, brightest and greenest businesses, residents, teachers, school administrators, students, municipal employees, faith leaders and any others that are leading the way toward a sustainable Princeton.