1996 Feinstone Environmental Awards
1996 Awards Recipients
Anne Anderson, Woburn, Massachusetts
In 1973, seven years after her son, Jimmy, had been diagnosed with leukemia, Anne Anderson began a voluntary effort that would dramatically reshape the citizen volunteer environmental movement in America.
Mrs. Anderson learned through friends and neighbors in her small section of Woburn, Massachusetts, that several families had children with leukemia. She began to take notes: who was sick, where they lived, when they were diagnosed. She worked for years pressing the state government and the Federal Centers for Disease Control to engage in epidemiological studies of the area. Her efforts gained national attention and citizens across the country began to follow her lead and press for answers and clean-ups in their neighborhoods.
She appealed to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to conduct groundwater, air and soil tests at suspected areas of contamination in her neighborhood and upstream of her drinking water supply. Her work resulted in exposing one of the worst Superfund sites in Massachusetts and has raised the public consciousness of the association between environmental hazards and public health.
Elizabeth Titus Putnam, Shaftsbury, Vermont
In 1956, Elizabeth Titus Putnam founded the Student Conservation Association (SCA) which is a national organization dedicated to fostering lifelong stewardship of the environment by offering opportunities for education, leadership and personal development while providing the highest quality public service in natural resource management, environmental protection and conservation. As a result of her tireless work to build the association, Mrs. Putnam has enabled SCA to field thousands of young volunteers to preserve and protect this country's natural resources, wildlife and cultural heritage.
In the nearly forty years since SCA was founded, 30,000 young people have served as volunteers. No matter in which SCA program they participated, or what their work project entailed, each young person--whether building and maintaining trails, controlling erosion or preserving fragile wildlife habitats--provided valued and necessary service to the environment. At the same time, these people learned about themselves and each other, and returned to their own communities as committed environmental stewards, dedicated to the preservation and protection of America's precious natural resources.
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