Partner of the Year Awards-Glen Helen Association and Brukner Nature Center recognized

Sep. 3, 2020

Award to be presented at virtual Partners for the Environment Awards Night September 16 at 6:00PM

Glen Helen Association and Brukner Nature Center recognized

The Glen Helen Association will be honored for their effort to save the popular nature preserve in Greene County by purchasing it from the Antioch College and reopening it to the public. The Brukner Nature Center will be recognized for its enduring commitment to wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, and as a local gem - named the Best Nature Center in Ohio by Ohio Magazine.

The Partners for the Environment will recognize the award recipients at the Partners’ annual awards event September 16, beginning at 6 p.m. through a virtual gathering on the internet.

The Partner of the Year Award celebrates organizations and people that work to protect, preserve, and restore the environmental and agricultural resources of the Great Miami River and Little Miami River watersheds.

“The awards event is an opportunity to honor those who have done exceptional work and have provided us with inspiration and leadership,” says Sarah Hippensteel Hall, co-chair of Partners for the Environment. “We are excited to be hosting the event via teleconference. We do not want to miss out on honoring our Partner’s success this year”.

Four other awards will be presented during the dinner in addition to Partner of the Year including:

  • Hope Taft, former first lady and co-founder of the Little Miami River Watershed Network, with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her passionate dedication to the environment.
  • Meredith Florkey, with the Individual of the Year award, for her work to create the Ohio Nature Based Early Childhood Educator Collaborative, an organization that connects educators across Ohio for collaboration, professional development, and support.
  • Jess Evans, with the Individual of the Year award, for providing leadership and vision to the Little Miami River Watershed Network, the Little Miami River Kleeners and the B-W Greenway Community Land Trust as a dedicated volunteer.
  • The Village of Yellow Springs, with the Sustainable Community of the Year award, for their efforts to make Yellow Springs more sustainable. 

Tickets are available until September 15. The ticket cost includes admission to the event, annual membership to the Partners for the Environment, gift certificates to local businesses, and chances at fabulous door prizes.

The Partners for the Environment is an alliance of environmental organizations, government and civic organizations; and public and private educational institutions within an 18-county region in southwest Ohio. More than 70 organizations are connected to the alliance.