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An Environmental Leader For Recreational Boating
BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leader Award Comes with $1000 Prize
BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award Comes with $1,000 Prize
ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 10, 2008 – Is there someone in your town who has helped boaters be more environmentally responsible and made their local waterways cleaner?
With Earth Day’s arrival April 22, the BoatUS Foundation plans to honor those who have made a significant contribution towards improving waterway ecology and educating boaters on how to minimize their environmental impact. Any group, organization, company, marina or individual who has worked hard to make a difference is eligible for the BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award. A $1,000 prize is provided to help the winner continue their environmental efforts. T he deadline to apply is June 30, 2008.
“We are looking for nominees who have had a real impact,” said Susan Shingledecker, a ssistant v ice p resident and d irector environmental program s for the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. “For example, the award could go to a group that has cleaned up miles of beaches, a hometown marina that has led the way in helping keep our waterways clean, or a boat club member who has spearheaded a local environmental education campaign,” she added.
The award was created to complement the efforts of the BoatU.S. Foundation, which has had a long history of working with Clean Marina programs and local organizations throughout the country to help bring environmental messages directly to boaters.
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization primarily funded by the voluntary contributions of the 650,000 members of BoatU.S. The Foundation operates more than a dozen programs including the only accredited, free, online general boating safety course, a low-cost EPIRB rental program, the “Help Stop the Drops” national clean fueling campaign, a free kid’s Life Jacket Loaner Program, and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for nonprofit groups for boating safety and environmental projects