Brower Youth Awards. (Earth Island in the News)

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Brower Youth Awards. (Earth Island in the News)


Six outstanding young environmental leaders from across the United States have been named recipients of the 2003 Brower Youth Awards, the nation's most prestigious recognition of environmental activists aged 13-22. Awardees were chosen from applicants whose work on behalf of communities and the environment epitomizes the principles of Conservation, Preservation and Restoration, what Earth Island Institute founder David Ross Brower called "CPR for the Earth."

"David Brower would have been proud to see these young leaders recognized for their accomplishments," said Earth Island Executive Director David Phillips. "Our hope is that their participation in this program supports them in making environmental activism a lifelong commitment."

The Brower Youth Awards are the only national environmental awards for youth activists that carry a substantial cash prize and ongoing leadership development.

2003 Brower Youth Award winners

Rachel Ackoff, 18, of Claremont, California, directed the Fair Trade Campaign for the Sierra Student Coalition and organized a series of Fair Trade trainings around the country for local activists, giving them the tools to work for a global trade system in which the needs of the environment and workers are protected.

Andrew Azman, 21, of Owings Mills, Maryland, founded CU Biodiesel at the University of Colorado, organizing alternative fuels education, and developing and building biodiesel processors. The group received ongoing funding to expand and sustain their pilot program of fueling University buses with biodiesel.

Whitney Cushing, 16, of Homer, Alaska, founded the first youth environmental group on the Kenai Peninsula, which created the first recycling program in the region, lobbied to stop offshore oil and gas development, and helped impose limits on chain-store development in the city of Homer. …

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