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16th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

Jul 7, 2014
16th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception & awards ceremony
from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Ann Arbor City Club
1830 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rich Vander Veen -- Milliken Distinguished Service Award &
Steve Hamilton -- Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership

Please join us in celebrating the vision and achievements of Rich Vander Veen and Steve Hamilton—two outstanding environmental champions!

The suggested donation is $100 per person.
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We are proud to honor Rich Vander Veen with this year's Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award. Vander Veen's Gratiot County Wind Project is a stunning symbol along U.S. 127 of Michigan's accelerating transition to a clean energy economy. But his greatest contribution happened at hundreds of kitchen tables that cannot be seen from the highway. Guided by deep respect for farmers and the views they shared with him over countless cups of coffee, Vander Veen carefully designed a 133-turbine wind farm that powers more than 50,000 homes and pours millions into local schools, village tax rolls and landowners' pocketbooks, all while keeping family farms intact. In doing so, he established a nationally recognized community participation model that helps local officials and residents embrace and share in the benefits of wind power. Vander Veen also is a member of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and president of the John D. Voelker Foundation, which works to protect watersheds and provides scholarships to Native American law students.

Steve Hamilton, nominated by the Kalamazoo Environmental Council, is the very deserving recipient of this year's Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership. Hamilton, a Michigan State University ecologist, is a rare species: an accomplished scientist who uses his knowledge to inform the public, engage the media, consult with decision makers and champion environmental protection. His professionalism and science-based advocacy have made the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council -- where he has served as president since 2006 -- a go-to source of insights and expertise for those working to preserve and restore the river. When the Kalamazoo suffered the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history, Hamilton helped residents, journalists, government agencies and the responsible company sort out the ramifications and monitor the cleanup. His friends and colleagues in Southwest Michigan credit Hamilton -- and his countless hours of generous volunteerism and hard work -- with energizing the community to experience, appreciate and protect the Kalamazoo and its tributaries.

Your support of our annual awards celebration will provide vital assistance to our efforts to safeguard the health and well-being of Michigan's people and places.

To RSVP or for more information, please call our office at (517) 487-9539 or email info@environmentalcouncil.org.

We hope to see you July 9 in Ann Arbor!
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