Coming this February, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), in collaboration with Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center, will host their 5th Annual Women and the Environment Symposium.
One of the many highlights of the symposium is the environmental heroine awards ceremony, where we recognize women for their environmental accomplishments in the community. Nominees will be honored for their steadfast and persistent work to protect the quality of West Michigan’s Air, Earth, and Water. Often without any acknowledgment or recognition of their hard work and commitment to our safe, healthy, and sustainable environment, these women work with the hope of inspiring others to become stewards, as well.
Peer nominations for these awards will be taken until January 11, 2016. In order to submit a nomination, you will be asked to provide some personal information about yourself, and also give support for why you have chosen to nominate the individual. Qualities regarding the nominee’s community engagement, leadership, influence, and character all play a key role in award considerations. Awards will be given during the symposium, where nominators will be asked to present their nominee should she be selected as an award recipient.
The symposium – the first of its kind in West Michigan – is a one-day event that explores the intersection between women and gender issues and environmental concerns. Participants in this symposium will leave with a higher sense of understanding, connection, and empowerment regarding feminine influence in the environmental space. Touching on these topics will be this years keynote speaker, Jacqui Patterson, who is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Jacqui will speak about her experiences regarding environmental justice, specifically the impact of climate change on communities of color and women of color.
The Women and the Environment Symposium will run on February 24, 2015 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids.
If you have someone in mind who you would like to nominate, or would like more information on the nomination process, read here!