We are happy to announce that the creators of Greentopia, the first green festival in our region, are winning a prestigious award for their herculean efforts. As having been but a very small part in the helping form the first green festival in Rochester, NY that netted 18,000 who got exposed to some great environmental fun, green practices, green businesses, zero waste recycling, and some great speakers, like Bill McKibben,
I can say without reservation that these two guys walked the walk. It took a long time to put the Greentopia Festival on last month, including developing working relationships with hundreds of volunteers, businesses, and organizations.
Check out the press release announcing the local winners of the Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award presented by the Center for Environmental Information.
“SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP ALIVE AND WELL IN ROCHESTER - Greentopia Festival Co-Founders Receive the Center for Environmental Information | Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award of the Year -Rochester, NY (October 28, 2011) – The 38th Annual Community Salute to the Environment, hosted by the Center for Environmental Information, was held this week at the RIT Inn & Conference Center. This year Michael Philipson and Lewis Stess, co-founders of Friends of the Garden Aerial, were awarded the Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award in recognition for their efforts in organizing, producing and executing the first annual Greentopia Festival. This award is given to organizations or individuals who have shown exceptional leadership throughout the community in promoting positive environmental change.”