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GASP Seeking Nominations for Michelle Madoff Awards of Environmental Excellence

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) has a legacy of strong women, with many serving as board members, staff members, and spokeswomen throughout the history of our organization.

At our upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 12, we’d like to celebrate contemporary women in environmental fields while commemorating Michelle Madoff, our founder and first president.

This is where you come in.

GASP is seeking nominations for outstanding women in the fields of business, community organizing, education, media, and medicine to each receive the Michelle Madoff Award of Environmental Excellence.

These awards will be presented to women who are currently working to improve the environment of southwestern Pennsylvania:

  1. Business – The award will honor the owner, manager, or sustainability coordinator for a large or small local business. To her, business as usual includes being as eco-friendly and efficient as possible and minimizing environmental impacts while keeping customers happy.

  2. Community Organizing – The award will celebrate a woman who brings people together in the fight for a healthy environment. As an activist, local politician, or non-profit employee, she inspires people to take action and make their voices heard.

  3. Education – This awardee understands the importance of connecting people with nature. In her classroom, after school program, or non-profit office, she knows that creating stewards and activists is a priority for the health of the environment around us.

  4. Media – This award will honor a female member of the media who shares important news about the state of the environment. She keeps people up to date with the facts and digs deep on pollution issues, climate change, or relevant legislation. She may share her story on the local TV news, in the newspaper, on the radio, or on her blog.

  5. Medicine – This award will celebrate a doctor, nurse, or researcher who helps connect medical symptoms to possible environmental causes. She doesn’t just treat patients, she helps bring attention to relationships between a person’s health and their surroundings.

GASP’s events committee reserves the right to choose which among the nominees will win each category. The deadline to make a nomination is June 30.

Please note that the names and contact information of those making nominations will remain confidential. Making a nomination is simple: Just fill out the questions on this Google form or email the following information:

  1. Your name and contact information

  2. Award category

  3. Name of nominee, as well as their job title and place of employment

  4. Summary of why you believe they deserve to win the Michelle Madoff Award of Environmental Excellence.

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