Maine is known and loved for its beautiful lands, lakes, rivers, and coastline—and we owe a lot to the individuals who have helped protect these natural resources. In 2020, the Natural Resources Council of Maine recognized four individuals who have made significant, lasting contributions to safeguarding Maine’s environment by presenting them with Conservation Leadership Awards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was hosted virtually again in 2021.
Our 2021 Conservation Leadership Award recipients were:
- University of Maine Professor Ivan Fernandez of Orono received a Conservation Leadership Award for his leadership as one of Maine’s top climate scientists, providing policy-makers and the public with cutting-edge information about our changing climate, including by serving as a member of the Maine Climate Council. Read Ivan’s remarks.
- Small business owner Laura Marston of South Portland received a Conservation Leadership Award for advocating for and pioneering new ways to reduce waste and encourage reuse through her business, throughout her community, and across Maine. Read Laura’s remarks.
- John Banks of Orono received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his countless contributions to the protection of natural resources on behalf of the Penobscot Nation, with a special focus on restoring water quality, fisheries, and connections among people and nature.
- Sam Saltonstall of Brunswick received the 2021 People’s Choice Award for almost two decades of tireless advocacy for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change mitigation. Read Sam’s remarks.
Read a Bangor Daily News story about NRCM’s 2021 awardees. Then watch the full Conservation Leadership Awards event recording here.