NOMINATE A Sustainability Champion!
Gorge Owned is calling for nominations for the 9th annual Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards. This award celebrates individuals, businesses, organizations and students working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental and social issues facing the Gorge while also demonstrating that such solutions can be economically viable. They are passionate leaders who exemplify the importance of trying to meet our current needs without compromising the well-being of future generations.
The selection committee will consider the following when making its selections of the award winners:
Local Connection — The impact of the champion’s work should be in the Columbia River Gorge.
Environmental Impact — Tod was committed to being the change he wanted to be in the world. The nominee must be helping protect the environment through their actions — whether at home, work, school and/or or in the wider community.
Social Impact — Tod loved to volunteer and do good in the community for the sake of doing good. Nominees that are having a positive social impact, in addition to environmental impact, will be looked upon favorably.
Innovation — An engineer and small business owner, Tod embraced innovation and creativity. Nominees and projects that are testing a new concept to solve an environmental and/or social problem in our community will be looked upon favorably.
Educational – Tod loved to educate and often taught classes on green building and renewable energy. Nominees with some type of educational component will be looked upon favorably.
Nominations Due April 15, 2019
Nominations for the Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards will be accepted until April 15, 2019, and announced Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Earth Week Electric Bike Demo Day at Oregon e-Bikes in downtown Hood River. To nominate an individual or an organization, please fill out this simple form.
About Tod J. LeFevre
Tod J. LeFevre, a longtime resident of Hood River and a true champion of sustainability. Tod passed away on March 7,
Individual: Samantha and Jeff Irwin
Business: Analemma Wines
Organization: Hood River County for its efforts to produce the Hood River County Energy Plan
Individual: John Nelson
Business: Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network
Student: Isis Stenn
Individual: Heather Staten
Business: Rebuild it Center
Student: Clare Davies
Individuals: Jurgen and Susan Hess, Hess Photography and Envirogorge
Business: Solstice Wood Fire Cafe and Bar
Student: Charley Boonstra, HRVHS Climate Action Club
Individual: David Skakel, Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program
Business: Humble Roots Nursery, Kristin Currin & Andrew Merrit
Students: Daeuthen Dahlquist and Erik Siekkinen
Individual: Michael Becker, Hood River Middle School
Business: Cascade Acupuncture Center
Student: Paul Cook, Columbia Gorge Community College
Individual: Linda Short
Business: Dirt Hugger
Individual: Tod J. LeFevre
Business: Springhouse Cellar