GreenLaw Honors Defenders of Georgia's Natural Resources

GreenLaw's Environmental Heroes 2013 GreenLaw Honors Defenders of Georgia’s Natural Resources

Marcia Bansley, David and Mindy Egan and Jewell Harper are each receiving awards for their dedication to defending Georgia’s environment. New this year is the Legislators of the Year Awards, which honor outstanding public servants for contributing to our state’s environmental preservation. A celebration and awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday September 24, 2013 on the rooftop terrace of Nelson Mullins in Midtown, Atlanta.

 

Marcia Bansley: GreenLaw’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award
Jewell Harper: Awarded 2013 Ogden Doremus Award for Excellence in Environmental Law
David & Mindy Egan are receiving GreenLaw’s Environmental Heroes Award for 2013

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Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, GreenLaw
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April 29, 2013 (ATLANTA)GreenLaw, a nonprofit providing free high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental and community organizations throughout Georgia, announced Environmental Heroes honorees. Marcia Bansley, David and Mindy Egan and Jewel Harper are each receiving awards for their dedication to defending Georgia’s environment. New this year is the Legislators of the Year Awards, which honor outstanding public servants for contributing to our state’s environmental preservation. A celebration and awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday September 24, 2013 from 6-8 pm on the rooftop terrace of Nelson Mullins (Atlantic Station).
 
Marcia Bansley is the recipient of GreenLaw’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors dedicated citizens whose efforts have improved the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we share. Bansley was the founding executive director for Trees Atlanta and dedicated 26 years to leading the organization.  Across her career she has made significant contributions to the City of Atlanta by co-founding the National Association of Tree Organizations-Alliance for Community Trees, raising over $11 million dollars for non-profits and establishing a new headquarters building for Trees Atlanta, built to LEED Platinum standards.  
 
David & Mindy Egan are receiving GreenLaw’s Environmental Heroes award, which honors extraordinary citizens or organizations that have demonstrated courage and perseverance on the front-line of local environmental and public health issues. Nearly seven years ago the Egans founded the Initiative To Protect Jekyll Island State Park, an all-volunteer non-profit committed to the preservation of Jekyll Island State Park's ecosystems and unique character. The Egans have been sincerely dedicated to the cause ever since.
 
Jewel Harper is receiving the Ogden Doremus Award  for Excellence in Environmental Law, which recognizes the critical role that lawyers play in protecting Georgia’s natural resources and public health. For the last 19 years Harper has championed environmental legal and reporting issues throughout the Southeastern United States. Starting as an associate regional counsel and working her way through the ranks up to deputy assistant regional administrator, Harper has consistently defended environmental issues making great strides in pollution prevention, expanding the environmental sustainability in curriculum and community engagement. Harper currently acts as a visiting professor at Spelman College where she teaches our future environmental professionals on environmental policy, environmental justice and environmental law. 
 
Legislators of the Year:  Sen. Jason Carter, Sen. William Ligon, Rep. Alex Atwood and Rep. Jeff Chapman are being recognized for their work to protect Georgia's coast, particularly Jekyll Island.
 
“GreenLaw is proud to honor these environmental heroes who have all made significant contributions to defending Georgia’s public health and natural resources,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, GreenLaw’s executive director. 
 
 
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