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Partner of the Year Awards

About the Partner of the Year Awards

The Partners for the Environment’s Partner of the Year Awards celebrate those who work to protect, preserve, and restore the environmental and agricultural resources of the Great Miami River and Little Miami River watersheds. The Awards recognize some of our victories and honors those who provide us with leadership and inspiration.

The Partner of the Year Award
Any organization who in the past 12 months represents some or all of the criteria listed above.

The Individual of the Year Award
Any individual (board member, staff, volunteer, or private citizen) who in the past 12 months represents some or all of the criteria listed above while working with an organization.

The Sustainable Community Award
Any political jurisdiction that made significant progress during the last 12 months to become more sustainable. Sustainable actions include but are not limited to: enacting development policies that encourage installation of green infrastructure; protecting open space, farmland, or natural habitats; increasing public access to nature; reducing discharges from stormwater or wastewater; increasing recycling and waste reduction programs; sourcing local food; creating complete streets; developing urban service boundaries.

The Lifetime Achievement Award
Any individual (board member, staff, volunteer, or private citizen) whose life’s work represents some or all of the criteria listed above while working with an organization.

Annual Fall Awards Event

The Partners for the Environment Awards Celebration is held every year in late September. The celebration brings together more than 70 organizations from across 18 counties in the Miami Valley to recognize outstanding leaders in environmental protection in our community.

Download the Nomination Form Here

Check back for the 2021 Fall Awards Event!

Previous Award Winners

Partner of the Year Award

2020 - Brukner Nature Center
2019 – Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District
2018 – YSI – Xylem
2017 – Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside
2016 – Upper River Fund
2015 – Glen Helen & Tecumseh Land Trust Partnership
2014 – University of Dayton
2013 – Beavercreek Wetlands Association
2012 – Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
2011 – Hamilton Soil and Water Conservation District

The Individual of the Year Award

2020 - Jess Evans
2020 - Meredith Florkey
2019 – Alexis Faust
2018 – Terry Staley
2017 – Stephen Mackell
2016 – Terry Lavy
2016 – Jim Mason
2015 – Bill Schieman
2014 – David Fisher
2013 – Larry Frimerman
2012 – Cal Conrad
2011 – Aaron Rourke

The Sustainable Community Award

2020 - Village of Yellow Springs
2019 – No award given
2018 – Montgomery County
2017 – No award given
2016 – Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
2015 – Warren County Regional Planning Commission

The Lifetime Achievement Award

2020 - Hope Taft
2019 – Jo Granzow
2018 – Jean Bindeman
2018 – Bob Jurick
2018 – Dave Nolin
2017 – Ralph Dull
2017 – Dan Jackson (posthumous)
2016 – Barbara Rion
2015 – Irv Bieser
2014 – Charity Krueger
2013 – Jim Amon
2012 – Julia Cady
2011 – Dane Mutter
2011 – Don Geiger