The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is seeking nominations for the 2022 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award.
This annual Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions in the protection and stewardship of the natural environment of the North Olympic Peninsula. The award pays tribute to Eleanor Stopps, whose vision, advocacy and determination exemplify the power and importance of community leadership.
From the 1960s through the 1990s, Eleanor Stopps was an active member of the Pacific Northwest conservation community. Stopps founded the Admiralty Audubon Chapter and took over the work of Zella Schultz to protect the nesting habitat for 72,000 pairs of seabirds nesting on Protection Island. She was also a tireless educator working with groups of students and Girl Scouts to raise environmental awareness.
Stopps recognized the need to protect the uniquely important marine environment of the Salish Sea. With no special political base or powerful financial backers, she formed a coalition of grassroots supporters who worked to get legislation and public support for the preservation of Protection Island and the surrounding waters. She was a primary driver behind the establishment of the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge in 1982, one of the few established by the U.S. Congress at that time. Today, it is a critical habitat link in the preservation of the entire Salish Sea region, providing breeding habitat for pigeon guillemots and rhinoceros auklets, bald eagles and peregrine falcons, harbor seals and elephant seals, and a myriad of other species.
The Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award is given annually to a citizen (groups not eligible) of the North Olympic Peninsula (Jefferson and Clallam counties) who has:
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is pleased to sponsor this award and invites nominations so we can continue to recognize positive leadership.
You may nominate someone by downloading and completing the nomination form below.
You may also email email@example.com, or call (360) 385-5582 to request a form.
Nominations must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 25, 2022.
|You may nominate someone by
downloading and completing the nomination form.
Previous winners include:
|2005||Katharine Baril, educator and planner Washington State University|
|2006||Anne Murphy, Executive Director, Port Townsend Marine Science Center|
|2007||Tom Jay and Sara Mall Johani, artists and environmentalists|
|2008||Al Latham, Jefferson County Conservation District Ranger|
|2009||Peter Bahls, NW Watershed Institute|
|2010||Sarah Spaeth, Executive Director, Jefferson Land Trust|
|2011||Dick & Marie Goins, salmon habitat restoration activists|
|2012||Judith Alexander, community catalyst for NW Earth Institute, Local 20/20, and EarthDay EveryDay|
|2013||Rebecca Benjamin, Executive Director, North Olympic Salmon Coalition|
|2014||Ray Lowrie, salmon advocate and environmental educator|
|2015||Jude Rubin, co-founder of the Northwest Watershed Institute|
|2016||Dr. Pete Schroeder, marine mammal veterinarian|
|2017||Dr. John Fabian, Astronaut and founder of the Hood Canal Coalition|
|2018||Sarah Doyle, North Olympic Salmon Coalition & Dr. Eloise Kailin, co-founder of Olympic Environmental Council|
Cheri Scalf, Wild Olympic Salmon, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Connie Gallant, the Olympic Forest Coalition, the North Olympic Group of the Sierra Club, the Olympic Forest Collaborative