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GreaterGood.org Awards Honor Nature's Outstanding Voices
Ohio Ag Connection - 07/22/2020

The inaugural GreaterGood.org Nature's Voice Awards, aiming to amplify the voice and impact of sustainability advocates across the globe, has opened nominations and announced its first round of winners. Award recipients recognized for their exemplary communication efforts include a Ugandan activist, an Ohio non-profit, an invertebrate conservationist and the Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter Vice-Chair.

GreaterGood.org, a charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet, and Nature's Logic, a 100% natural pet food with no synthetic vitamins, created the new awards program to recognize organizations and individuals that excel at inspiring action and can serve as best practice examples for other environmental voices to increase their own impact.

"We understand that strong voices for the environment are critical, now more than ever," explained Liz Baker, CEO of GreaterGood.org. "This campaign celebrates organizations of all sizes across the world who innovate, inspire others, and amplify nature's voice to help the earth."

Nominations will be accepted and award recipients will be announced from now until mid-August. The first round of outstanding and diverse voices to be recognized by the Nature's Voice Awards include:

- Green Columbus is a non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable living, environmental education and community involvement in the Central Ohio community. The group has built and leveraged an extensive local network of volunteers that have given more than 100,000 hours of green citizen service in the Columbus area.

- Vanessa Nakate founded the Rise Up Climate Movement in order to amplify the voices of activists from Africa. She was also the First Fridays For Future climate activist in Uganda.

- Scott Black is an internationally renowned conservationist who has been at the forefront of the conservation movement for more than three decades. Scott's work has led to protection and restoration of habitat on millions of acres of rangelands, forests, and farmland as well as protection for many endangered species. He has written more than two hundred articles and publications, and co-authored the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Gardening for Butterflies. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America.

- Lucienne de Naie lives on a small East Maui farm. She works as policy analyst, project manager, community organizer and historical researcher and serves on many local non-profit boards. Lucienne is a frequent presenter on historical and water resource issues and is author of a report on Maui's water resources (2005) and a book on the history of Makena (2007). She has hosted a popular community interview TV show on Maui's public access station, Akak?, for nine years, and in 2019 was honored as part of the station's annual "Walk of Heroes" event where Akak? "enshrines in the cement sidewalk fronting the station, the hand and footprints of four of Maui Nui's favorite heroes."

Winners who demonstrate outstanding communication efforts -- from social media to advertising to events and more -- are selected via crowdsourced nominations reviewed by GreaterGood.org. Winners will receive national and local recognition, and, for non-profits, a $1,000 grant from GreaterGood.org. All winners receive a gift of Nature's Logic 100% natural pet food for their pet-loving constituents, where available.

"There are so many groups and individuals doing truly extraordinary work in their communities and across the globe," said David Yaskulka, CEO of Nature's Logic. "We want to recognize advocates with voices inspiring more earth-friendly consumer, business, voter and community behavior."

Nature's Logic is a brand dedicated to sustainability, so sponsoring these awards aligns with their company's mission. "We aspire to apply the logic of nature to everything we touch," Yaskulka said. "Supporting environmental efforts is a cornerstone of our business."

Those efforts include buying 1 kWh of renewable energy for every pound of pet food the company sells. The energy Nature's Logic purchases goes towards powering their headquarters with renewable energy, the manufacturing of their kibble and bags, and the operations of their partners, including GreaterGood.org.

GreaterGood.org is best known for its disaster relief efforts, as well as signature programs such as The Jackson Galaxy Project, Rescue Bank, Rescue Rebuild, Girls' Voices, and more. For years, GreaterGood.org has focused on supporting and funding efforts around sustainability so these awards are another way the non-profit can support initiatives both small and large.

"As a FEMA disaster relief partner, we see first-hand the worst of taking the earth for granted. What's key to making sustainability efforts grow is communication," said Baker. "Communication inspires action so more people get involved either by volunteering, donating or simply participating in activities that will make a difference. We believe this program can make a direct impact on changing behavior and doing better for our planet. And that's the ultimate goal."

Nominations can be made via naturesvoiceawards.org or by emailing naturesvoice@greatergood.org. The nomination period runs through Aug. 17. The $10,000 grand prize winner will be announced in September.


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