GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) has announced the recipients of the Environmental Hidden Heroine Awards. The awards will be presented during the fifth annual Women and the Environment Symposium. Below is the list of awards to be presented:

Woman of Vision 

Honoring a woman whose vision and leadership helped to build a foundation for the furthering of efforts which resulted in positive impacts on the environment.

Recipient: Sister Alice Wittenbach

Sister Alice Wittenbach will be honored for spending a lifetime sharing her love and sense of wonder for the natural environment. Wittenbach’s early efforts seeded environmentally conscious thinkers by teaching scientific theory, shining light on environmental impact, and issues.

Woman of Inspiration 

Honoring a woman at the forefront of the current environmental movement. Having learned from those before her, she inspires us daily to continue our advocacy.

Recipient: Alison Sutter

Alison Sutter will be honored for being at the forefront of the environmental movement throughout the entirety of her career. Sutter has built her career around the environment, with the goal of helping companies create and reach their sustainability goals.

Woman of Hope

Honoring an up and coming advocate, who brings hope, fresh voices, and diverse perspectives to the ongoing efforts to improve the environment.
Recipient: Lisa Butler 

Lisa Butler will be honored for being a tireless advocate who brings hope and fresh perspective to problems that require a collective effort to solve. An ordained minister, prophetess, psalmist and community advocate, Butler has been singing and preaching the Gospel to community and religious audiences for well over two decades.

The Women and the Environment Symposium will be held on February 24, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium at the DeVos Center on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus.

The awards will be presented at 6:00 p.m.

About the W&E Symposium

Women and the Environment Symposium is a one-day symposium that explores the intersection between women and gender issues and environmental concerns. The symposium is the first large-scale meeting between local leaders and stakeholders in the academic, business, and activism communities focused on gender and the environment. This year the focus of the event is women in leadership, with presentations on faith and environment and diversity and inclusion efforts in the environmental movement in Michigan, featuring networking opportunities and two panel discussions. Tickets are on sale now. Student tickets can be purchased for $25 at any time.

For more information and to register for the event click here.