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Columbia County Environmental Management Council Seeks

Good Earthkeeping Award Nominations


The Columbia County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is again seeking nominees for its annual Good Earthkeeping (GEK) Awards. These awards strive to commend individuals, agencies, businesses and/or organizations that have made a real contribution to the preservation, improvement or increased public awareness of the environment in Columbia County. Over 65 agencies, individuals, groups and businesses have received this prestigious honor since 1982. Last year’s recipients were Colleen Lutz of Ancram and the Columbia- Greene Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Eligible award categories for adults include individual, educational, group or business. Nominees must be 18 years or older. New this year -- youth aged 13-17 can be nominated in the individual or group categories. Current EMC members are excluded from being nominated. No self-nominations are accepted and family members can’t nominate family or other household members.

Nomination letters must include the business, group or individual’s name, daytime phone number, and post office and email addresses. They must also contain a short description of the contributions the nominee has made to preserve, improve or facilitate a better understanding of the environment and why the nominator feels they should be recognized for their actions and efforts. Lastly, the individual making the nomination must include his or her name, daytime phone number, and post office and email addresses. A copy of the nomination rules is available at

Nominations can be emailed to or mailed to Good Earthkeeping Award; Columbia County Environmental Management Council; 401 State Street; Hudson, NY; 12534. They must be emailed or postmarked by April 16 to be considered. Winners will be invited to attend the May 21 EMC meeting to be held at 401 State Street, Hudson, at 6:30 pm to receive their award. Inquiries about the contest can be directed to contest coordinator Theresa Mayhew at

The Columbia County Environmental Management Council is a duly appointed body of volunteer citizens charged with advising the County Board of Supervisors on environmental matters affecting Columbia County. For more information about EMC, contact EMC Chair Ed Simonsen

Last year's winners

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