Earth Island News
Brower Youth Awards
outstanding environmental and community leaders from across the United
States have been named recipients of the 2002 Brower Youth Awards, the
nations most prestigious recognition of environmental activists aged
1322. Awardees were chosen from applicants whose work on behalf of
communities and the environment epitomizes the principles of
Conservation, Preservation and Restoration, what Earth Island Institute
founder David Ross Brower called CPR for the Earth. The Awards call
attention to the need for citizens, young and old, to become leaders in
finding solutions to our most pressing environmental problems,
providing CPR locally and globally as this years winners have done,
said Earth Islands Executive Director David Phillips. The Brower Youth
Awards are the only national environmental awards for youth activists
that carry with them a substantial cash prize.
The 2002 Brower Youth Award winners:
- Jessian Choy, 21, of Santa Cruz, CA, for founding the University of California, Santa
Cruz Student Environmental Center (SEC), a new model for involving
students in planning campus policies that protect the environment. In
its first year, SECs diverse coalition has promoted 15 campus greening
projects and petitioned the University to comply with the Kyoto
Protocol on global warming.
- Max Harper, 20, of Hotchkiss, CO, for developing a
sustainable living theme house at Colorado College to engage students
and administrators in environmental sustainability and to build a
center for campus activism.
- Stefanie Lacy, 17, of Bandera, TX, whose paper
recycling program in the Cowboy Capital of the World has diverted 280
tons of paper from the landfill.
- Amir Nadav, 17, of Eagan, MN, whose efforts to reduce
his fellow students exposure to dangerous diesel exhaust led to a
statewide ban of excessive idling of school buses, and a law requiring
schools to relocate air-intake vents away from parking areas.
- Ethan Schaffer, 21, of Sagle, ID, creator of Organic Volunteers (www.OrganicVolunteers.com), a national outreach and education program for sustainability and organic food systems.
- Nathan Wyeth, 17, of Chevy Chase, MD, Co-Founder and Chair of Student Action on the Global Economy (SAGE), created in response to the environmental threats posed by the current model of globalization.
In addition to receiving $3,000 cash awards, the six winners were honored at a ceremony September 26 in Berkeley, CA, hosted by Julia Butterfly Hill. The awardees participated in a three-day Activist Adventure in Yosemite, sponsored by Clif Bar, Inc., and led by Bay Area Wilderness Training, a project of Earth Island Institute.
Earth Island established the Brower Youth Awards in 2000 to honor David Brower and to recognize a new generation of leaders who follow in his footsteps. Throughout his career, Dave served as an inspiration and mentor to four generations of environmentalists, many of whom such as Amory Lovins, Dave Foreman and Julia Butterfly Hill have become well-known in their own right.