Heinz Awards Honor Environmental Leaders

In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Heinz Awards focused solely on the environment this year and honored 10 people who are helping to make the planet clean, green and more sustainable.

| September 2009 Web

  • Robert Berkebile received a Heinz Awards for his advocacy of green building and his promotion of sustainable design and planning.
    Photo Courtesy The Heinz Awards

This week Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation announced the recipients of the Heinz Awards, which this year focused solely on the environment.

“At this unique time in history, when the environment is more important than ever to our lives, our economy, our national security and our future, it is only fitting that we focus exclusively on this critical topic,” says Teresa Heinz, chairwoman of the Heinz Family Foundation.

This year’s ten winners were:

• Joel Salatin, farmer, author and lecturer, is honored for creating alternative, environmentally friendly farming techniques, spawning a movement towards local, sustainable agriculture that has been replicated by family farms around the country.

• Kirk Smith, professor of global environmental health at the University of California, Berkeley, is honored for his research on the use of solid fuels such as wood or coal in indoor cookstoves – a common practice among the poorest peoples in developing countries – and its impact on human and environmental health.

• Deborah Rice, toxicologist with the Environmental and Occupational Health Program at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is honored for her research yielding new understanding about exposure to toxicants during human development.

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