The Feinstone Environmental Awards
2007 Feinstone Awards:
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will present the 2007 Sol Feinstone Environmental Awards September 13 to two journalists whose work helped lead to the improvement of environmental problems.
The first-place recipient is John Upton, who wrote a series of stories about about an air pollution permit that had been awarded to federal weapons researchers in California. Upton’s work was published in the Tracy Press of Tracy, Calif.
The second-place recipient is Jeff Kart, whose stories about pollution in a freshwater marsh were published in the Bay City Times in Bay City, Michigan.
This year’s honorary Feinstone Award will be presented to environmental reporter Andrew C. Revkin, who has spent 25 years covering subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina to climate change at the North Pole.
The trio will be honored at a dinner September 13 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center, 801 University Ave., Syracuse. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.
The dinner will feature remarks and a book signing by Revkin, author of The Burning Season, which chronicles the life eof Chico Mendes, the slain leader of the movement to safe the Amazon rain forest; and The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, the first account of global and Arctic climate change written for the whole family.
Sol Feinstone, a widely known historian and author who was a graduate of SUNY-ESF, established the awards program in 1976. His goal was to reward people and organizations that exemplified his belief that the best insurance for a free society lay in people’s desire to do voluntarily the things that need to be done for the good of all.
The program recognizes leaders who care for the environment, encourage volunteerism and add to society’s understanding of environmental issues and their solutions. The Feinstone program has made more than 100 awards, honoring people from across the United States for their significant contributions to protecting the environment, and promoting the spirit of volunteerism.
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