County honors seven people for environmental contributions
Vancouver, WA – Clark County has formally recognized seven people for their commitment to the environment during 2012.
The county received 31 nominations as part of this year’s inaugural “Making Every Day Earth Day” awards ceremony. Five judges selected the winners for outstanding environmental stewardship.
“Making Every Day Earth Day” awards have been presented to:
Eileen Cowen, organizer of the Urban Growers Market, on Main Street in Vancouver for residents to buy locally-grown food on the second and fourth Fridays during the growing season.
Nancy Funk, longtime WSU Clark County Master Gardener and board member for the Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County who has volunteered at the Fort Vancouver National Site and the 78th Street Heritage Farm.
Mary Mattix and Matt Graves, inventors of “The Grattix,” which removes zinc from polluted storm runoff. The invention can help clean runoff, especially from metal roofs and downspouts, before it is discharged into storm drains or waterways.
April Thatcher, owner of April Joy Farm in Ridgefield, a 24-acre certified organic farm where she raises herbs, vegetables, table grapes, hogs, hay and fruit trees. She embraces resource conservation, has enhanced habitat areas and held public education events at harvest time.
Marilyn Feddeler, volunteer with numerous local organizations, including the Vancouver Audubon Society, Sierra Club Loo Wit Group and the Water Resource Education Center. She has recruited and trained numerous volunteers for the Water Resources Education Center since it opened in Vancouver in 1996.
Julie Della Valle, teacher at Grass Valley Elementary School in Camas who hosts weekly meetings with a student group of “eco-officers” she helped establish. The group encourages recycling and waste reduction and has allowed the school to achieve Level 2 certification within the Washington Green Schools program.
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