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Inviting Nominations for the 2002 Feinstone Environmental Awards

Cash Prizes for Middle and High School Teachers in New York State

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The Feinstone Environmental Awards Committee will select one nominee to be the 2002 recipient. The recipient's home school will receive a $1,000 prize to purchase equipment and supplies for science teaching that are normally beyond the resources of the school system. In addition, the recipient will be the guest of honor at a banquet in February in Syracuse, N. Y., celebrating his or her achievements, and receive a commemorative plaque.

At the discretion of the committee, up to four additional awards will be made at the $500 level. These honorees and their achievements also will be celebrated at the February banquet.


The 2002 Feinstone Environmental Awards will honor a New York state middle or high school teacher who:

  • Teaches environmental science as part of the curriculum.
  • Is an exemplary instructor.
  • Is a role model for caring about the natural environment.
  • Has had a positive impact on the local environment or has inspired his or her students to conduct a community environmental service.

Individuals who are employees or adjuncts of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), who are directly related to SUNY-ESF employees, or who serve on any governance or advisory boards or cooperative research projects are not eligible to be nominated for a Feinstone Environmental Award.

SUNY-ESF alumni who meet all other eligibility criteria may be considered for the award.

Contents of Nomination

Nominations shall include:

  • A cover page detailing:
    • Name, email address, and work address and telephone number of the person or persons making the nomination. The nominator should specify his or her relationship to the nominee.
    • Name, title, and email address of the nominee. Also, list the school district and the school building, address and main telephone number where the nominee works.
  • A copy of the nominee's resume.
  • A written statement of the individual's achievements, not to exceed three pages, with particular emphasis on providing examples of the nominee's achievements as an exemplary teacher and role model and the results of the nominee and his or her students' local environmental effort(s).
  • A minimum of three but no more than six letters of support for the nomination, including one from the building principal.

Nominations also may include supporting documentation such as photographs, news clips or other evidence of the appropriateness of the nomination. Such supporting material should not exceed 10 pages. Videotapes will not be accepted.

Who May Nominate

Any individual including but not limited to parents, colleagues, supervisors, students and alumni may nominate or support a teacher for the 2002 Feinstone Award. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nomination Procedures

  • Nominations must be postmarked by January 15, 2002, and sent to:

                         Feinstone Environmental Awards Committee
                         204 Bray Hall
                         SUNY College of
                         Environmental Science and Forestry
                         1 Forestry Drive
                         Syracuse, NY 13210

  • Nominations by facsimile or electronic mail will not be accepted.
  • All nominations must be typed on letter-size paper.
  • All nominations will be reviewed by the Feinstone Environmental Awards Committee. Recipients will be announced by February XX, 2002.
  • Nomination materials become the property of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry upon submission.

Additional information may be obtained from the Awards Committee by calling 315-470-6683.

Feinstone Environmental Awards

The late Sol Feinstone, an acclaimed historian and author, believed that the best insurance for a free society lay in people's desire and ability to do voluntarily the things that need to be done for the good of all.

Indeed, the modern "environmental era" was begun in 1970 by just such a groundswell of individuals from all walks of life without regard to personal reward.

Wishing to reward such selfless activity, Mr. Feinstone created an environmental awards program in 1976 at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N. Y. - his alma mater.

Since that time, the Feinstone program has honored more than 100 individuals from across the United States for their significant contributions to protecting the environment, promoting the wise use and management of our country's natural resources, and promoting the spirit of volunteerism.

The 2002 honorees will be chosen from among the state's dedicated corps of middle and high school teachers who daily work to instill in their students a solid knowledge of science and the environment and who inspire them to work to make a positive impact on their local environment.