FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2014
Public Contact: Trailside, 908-789-3670
Website: www.ucnj.org/Trailside

Media Contact Only: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Who Is Your Local Environmental Hero?


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Trailside Museum Association are once again working together to recognize and honor some of the environmental heroes in our communities. Now is the time to nominate your favorite local environmentalist or group for the 2014 Environmental Hero Award.

“The Environmental Hero Award is an excellent opportunity for Union County residents to be commended and awarded for their efforts in protecting the environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “They deserve our support for their commitment to nature and helping to maintain healthy surroundings.”

If you know an individual or group of individuals who have taken action for environmental change in their community, you may nominate them for the Environmental Hero Award. Each entry must include an essay describing why the nominee is qualified to receive the award, contact information for the nominee and contact information for the person submitting the nomination. Photographs may accompany the essay.

Nominations for the 2014 Environmental Hero Award can be e-mailed to bnovorro@ucnj.org or sent to Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092.

All entries must be received or postmarked by Friday, April 11. Board members of the Trailside Museum Association will read and consider all nominations.

Winners will receive certificates of recognition for their work presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and prizes presented by the Trailside Museum Association. Award recipients will be acknowledged at Trailside’s annual Wild Earth Fest event on Sunday, April 27.

Last year’s Environmental Heroes represented the diverse array of Union County residents of all ages and collaborations whose endeavors are creating a more eco-friendly society:

  • Adriana Morocho was acknowledged for her efforts to improve the environment along the Elizabeth River; her post-hurricane clean-up projects; and for developing environmental education programs for elementary schools in Elizabeth.
  • Members of the 4-H STEM Club of Union County were honored for their planting and clean-up projects as well as their experiments to research effective means of cleaning up our environment using robotics.
  • The 4-H Master Tree Stewards of Union County were recognized for their work in schools and at local events teaching about the importance of trees in our environment and how to properly care for the trees around us.

For additional information on the Environmental Hero Award, Trailside’s annual Wild Earth Fest or other upcoming programs or events, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit online at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & 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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