FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2013
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746




Trailside Is Looking for “Environmental Hero” Nominations
Awards Will Be Presented at Wild Earth Fest, April 28


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Trailside Museum Association are seeking nominations for this year’s Environmental Hero Awards to honor and recognize individuals or groups who work for environmental protection and improvements in our community.

“We encourage our residents to nominate people in their community who have taken action to help the environment so they can be recognized for their efforts,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “People are working and inspiring others by organizing recycling and planting projects and living more sustainably. These people deserve to be acknowledged for their commitment to helping the environment.”

Each nomination must include an essay of 2,000 words or less describing why the nominee is qualified to receive the award, along with contact information for the nominee and the person submitting the nomination. Photographs may accompany the essay. All entries must be received or postmarked by Friday, April 12.

Trailside Museum Association board members will award prizes to the winners of the Environmental Hero Awards at “Wild Earth Fest” on Sunday, April 28. Nominations for the awards can be emailed to bnovorro@ucnj.org or sent to Becky Novorro at Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092.

Last year, the Woodruff Elementary School in Berkeley Heights was one of the recipients of an Environmental Hero Award. The school was chosen for its actions to improve energy efficiency, extend recycling programs, and continue planting projects that enrich the earth as well as their community. The school sets an excellent example of environmental stewardship by now using solar panels to provide half of the electricity used by the school.

For additional information on the Environmental Hero Awards or other upcoming programs or events, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit online at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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