April 2, 2009
Dear Fellow Sierrans,
The Sierra Club Honors and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for our 2009 national awards.
Below is a complete listing of our 23 national awards. Please note that two previously given awards, the Newsletter Award and the Electronic Communications Award, have been combined into a single award called the Communications Award, which will recognize the best use of communications (either print or electronic) by a Sierra Club group, chapter or other entity to further the Club’s mission.
Please review this list and see if someone you know should be nominated for an award. Three awards this year will include cash prizes the Joseph Barbosa Award, the Madelyn Pyeatt Award and the Denny and Ida Wilcher Award.
The deadline for nominations is June 1. To nominate someone for an award, please go to www.sierraclub.org/awards. There you will find online nomination forms as well as valuable documents such as a listing of all previous award recipients.
For more information on the Sierra Club’s national awards program, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Honors and Awards Committee
SIERRA CLUB NATIONAL AWARDS
The Ansel Adams Award honors an individual who has made superlative use of still photography to further a conservation cause.
The David R. Brower Award recognizes a professional journalist whose work has made a significant difference in the actions of government at the local, state or national level pertaining to the environment.
The Communication Award honors the best use of communications (either print or electronic) by a Sierra Club group, chapter or other entity to further the Club’s mission.
The Denny and Ida Wilcher Award honors a Sierra Club chapter or group for outstanding work in membership development and/or fundraising, particularly for specific conservation projects. Judging criteria include creativity, originality and ratio of funds raised to expenses. Includes an award of up to $3,000.
The Distinguished Achievement Award honors persons in public service for a particular action of singular importance to conservation.
The Distinguished Service Award honors persons in public service for strong and consistent commitment to conservation over a considerable period of time.
The Edgar Wayburn Award honors outstanding service to the environmental cause by a person in government, either executive or legislative.
The Environmental Alliance Award honors Club members or entities who have helped further environmental goals through collaboration with other, non-Sierra Club constituencies.
The Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Award honors an individual's contribution to mountaineering and enhancement of the Club's prestige in this field. The Mountaineering Committee selects recipients.
The John Muir Award honors a distinguished record of achievement in national or international conservation causes. Recipients receive life membership in the Sierra Club.
The Joseph Barbosa Earth Fund Award recognizes club members under the age of 30 who have a demonstrated record of service to the environment. Includes up to $500 to further the work of the recipient (s).
The Chico Mendes Award recognizes individuals or non-governmental organizations, outside the United States who have exhibited extraordinary courage and leadership, at the grassroots level, in the universal struggle to protect the environment. The International Committee selects recipients.
The Earthcare Award honors an individual, organization, or agency distinguished by making a unique contribution to international environmental protection and conservation. The International Committee selects recipients.
The Raymond J. Sherwin Award honors extraordinary volunteer service toward international conservation. The International Committee selects recipients.
The Madelyn Pyeatt Award honors Sierra Club members who have made outstanding contributions through working with youth. Includes up to $500 to further the work of the recipient(s).
The Oliver Kehrlein Award honors service to the Sierra Club Outings Program either at the local or national level over an extended period of time.
The One Club Award honors club members at any level who have used outings as a way to protect or improve public lands, instill an interest in conservation, increase membership in the Sierra Club, or increase awareness of the Sierra Club.
The Special Achievement Award honors an individual Sierra Club member, committee, group or chapter for a single act of particular importance dedicated to conservation or to the Club.
The Special Service Award honors a Sierra Club member, committee or group for strong and consistent commitment to conservation or the Club over an extended period of time.
The Susan E. Miller Award honors administrative contributions to groups, chapters and regional entities. Up to three Susan E. Miller awards may be given annually.
The Walter A. Starr Award honors the continuing active work and support of the Club by a former director.
The William E. Colby Award honors an individual for outstanding leadership, dedication and service to the Sierra Club. Acknowledges service within the Sierra Club's organizational structure but may include conservation achievements.
The William O. Douglas Award recognizes those who have made outstanding use of the legal/judicial process to achieve environmental goals, particularly those with national significance.