Sustainable Princeton Announces 2012 Leadership Awards

Honorees include a 17-year-old who built his own electric car to a life-long advocate for sustainability and the environment.


Nine inspiring community leaders will be honored on January 23, 2013 at the Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards Ceremony. 

The awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Princeton Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. as a kick-off to the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.  Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert and Matt Wasserman, chairman of Sustainable Princeton and the Princeton Environmental Commission, will host the event.

This year’s awardees represent a diverse group, ranging from a 17-year-old who built his own electric car to a life-long advocate for sustainability and the environment who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, a new category for 2012.  

The winners also include: an architect who walks his talk, two teachers who are teaching outside the box and the classroom, a business leader who has spent year’s improving downtown Princeton; a naturalist who is quietly saving Princeton’s blighted trees; a Parent Teacher Organization president who is a one woman advocate for recycling and sustainability in our schools, and a dining services director who is spreading the word about healthy eating beyond the University gates.    

2012 Sustainable Princeton Award winners are:

  • Dr. Stephanie Chorney, Resident, citizen activist
  • John Emmons & Martha Friend, Science teachers, Littlebrook and Community Park Elementary Schools
  • Robert Hrabchak, Student, Princeton Day School
  • Jack Morrison, President, JM Group, owner Nassau Seafood, Blue Point Grill
  • Stu Orefice, Director, Dining Services Director, Princeton University
  • Bill Sachs, Resident, tree expert
  • Grace Sinden, Resident, Lifetime Achievement (new category)
  • William A. Wolfe,  Architect

The Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards are sponsored by Sustainable Princeton with support from the Princeton Environmental Commission.  Each year a call for nominations help identify Princeton’s best, brightest and greenest businesses, residents, teachers, school administrators, government employees, religious leaders and any others that are leading the way toward a sustainable Princeton.  A volunteer review team comprised of representatives from each of these areas chooses the finalists.

Sustainable Princeton’s goals for the town of Princeton are to reduce energy use from fossil fuels, 20 percent by 2020 and to reduce waste by 50 percent by 2016. 

For more information, contact: Diane Landis or Andrea Malcolm at 688-2699 ext. 2128, visit us at One Monument Drive in the Municipal Building or visit the website.

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