RE Sources hosts 2011 Environmental Heroes awards Sept. 17

RE Sources recently announced its 2011 Environmental Heroes awards recipients: John Davies, Bill Dietrich, Robyn du Pré, Gerald Larson (lifetime achievement), Marie Hitchman, and Bellingham Food Bank.

The 9th Annual RE Sources Environmental Heroes awards honors extraordinary individuals who labor to preserve natural resources, provide environmental education, and promote healthy, sustainable communities.

The awards banquet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Hotel Bellwether Ballroom, with cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and speakers at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker, Denis Hayes, is internationally renowned as the national coordinator of the first Earth Day and president of the Bullitt Foundation.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities 2011 Environmental Heroes:

• John Davies is one of the central architects of the Community Energy Challenge as the director of The Opportunity Council’s Building Performance Center. John is an environmental innovator, practitioner and leader of residential energy efficiency programs and building community partnerships.

Bill Dietrich is an active environmental journalist, best known as a New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written 15 books. Dietrich has also served as a professor ofenvironmental journalism and advisor to The Planet at Huxley College of the Environment.

• Robyn du Pré is a longstanding leader in preserving natural resources and advocating for sustainable and healthy communities through her involvement with RE Sources, Futurewise, Whatcom Land Trust and other local organizations.

• Marie Hitchman continues to add to her decades of work preserving water quality and native plant ecosystems through the programs of the Whatcom County Beach Watchers, Cherry Point work group, RE Sources Beach Naturalist and the Native Plant Society.

Bellingham Food Bank offers extraordinary programs that localize food sources, teaches sustainability skills and provides healthy food to Whatcom County residents. Some programs include Food Bank Farm, Small Potatoes Gleaning Project, Garden Project and Victory Gardens.

• Gerald Larson is survived by his family and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his advocacy work for marine health. Throughout his life he served multiple organizations including Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee, and Birch Bay Watershed Aquatic Resource Management and was an appointee to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Crab and Shrimp Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

For more information and tickets for the awards banquet, visit


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