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2017 Chesapeake Champion Award: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay. Serving as a watchdog, they fight for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Their motto, "Save the Bay," is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals. As CBF celebrates their 50th anniversary we thank them for their commitment to Maryland's environment and we are pleased to present them with the Chesapeake Champion Award.
2017 Legislator of the Year: Delegate Kumar Barve
Delegate Kumar Barve has championed many environmental issues over the years that have helped protect Maryland’s air, land, water and people. This year, he is receiving our Legislator of the Year award for his work passing legislation to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Maryland. While this was certainly the highest profile environmental victory this year, as Chairman of the Environment and Transportation Committee, he has helped guide many successful campaigns this year- from protecting pollinator habitats, to advancing the cause of clean energy, to ensuring sustainable oyster fisheries.
2017 John V. Kabler Award: 2016 Prince George's County Promotores Class
Chispa Maryland’s 2016 Class of Environmental Justice and Action Promotores are 13 women who were selected to participate in Chispa Maryland’s highest volunteer program. Chispa’s Environmental Justice and Action Promotores elevates Latino leaders and offers training on grassroots organizing within our own communities while building relationships of respect and dignity with members of the community. Since their graduation, these 13 leaders have been working to bring environmental issues, education and activism to fellow Latinos and people of color in schools, churches, community centers, parks and around our county.
Conservation Champion ($20,000)
The Hatcher Group
Keith Campbell, Mike & Trish Davis, Katie & David Leavy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Alan & Penny Griffith, Nina Rodale Houghton, Don & Cathy MacMurray, David Trone, Winning Connections
Catherine Dea & Ken Code, Rusty & Liz Gowland, Bruce & Kincey Potter, Alison & Arnie Richman, Jeff Schwaber & Liz Schrayer, Hobart K. & Janis Swan, Maris St. Cyr, League of Conservation Voters
Annapolis Yacht Sales, DunlapBrowder, Gally Public Affairs, HD Squared Architects, LLC, Bob Gallagher & Cate Greene, Verna Harrison, Chuck & Jenn Porcari,
Marcia Verploegen Lewis & Tom Lewis