Forty Conservationists Receive 2010 TogetherGreen Fellowships

October 06, 2010
Promising Leaders Singled Out by Audubon/Toyota to Create Positive Environmental Change
 
New York, NY, October 5, 2010—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
 
 
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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
 
 
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