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Earth Month Heroes

Honoring environmental leaders in your community who inspire us about the environment

This Earth Month, the Wyland Foundation and its environmental education partner Toyota, along with CBS/KCAL, will recognize the great environmental leaders in Los Angeles County, CA and Orange County, CA who are finding innovative ways to share their insights, wisdom and experience for a sustainable, healthy planet.

We welcome you to nominate an environmental leader in your community who you feel is committed to raising environmental awareness. We will be recognizing this Earth Month hero with a cash prize to continue their outreach effort. Last year’s Earth Month Hero Grand Prize Winner was profiled live in studio on KCAL 9.

Deadline to nominate your heroes will be April 15, 2017

2016 Earth Month Hero Grand Prize Winner

  • Grace Adams
  • In her role as the Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s Executive Director, she is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, program development and administration, marketing and fundraising. Over the past thirteen years, Grace has expanded the BCC’s education and habitat restoration programs, creating initiatives that stimulate interest and understanding in STEM disciplines. Prior to joining the BCC, Grace has a 28-year history of leadership in non-profit and for-profit businesses in multiple industries, from start-ups to global Fortune 50 companies like Honeywell International.

2015 Earth Month Hero Grand Prize Winner

  • Nona Reimer
  • She currently teaches fifth grade at John Malcom Elementary. Nona is passionate about teaching science and has been involved in numerous district, county, and state systemic initiatives to improve science education at the elementary level. Nona strives to create a positive learning environment where students are challenged to discover new truths every day and equip them with the resources to be responsible citizens who care about the natural world they live in!

2015 Earth Month Hero

  • Alison Chenier
  • Alison Chenier has been a teaching for 7 years. For the past three years she has taught kindergarten at Greentree Elementary School in Irvine and loves it! She enjoys working with the younger age group because the students are curious, energetic and always excited to learn, which motivates her to always find new activities and ideas for the classroom.

2014 Earth Month Heroes

  • Ana Gutierrez
  • Carmelita Arellano
  • Pamela Conti
  • Wendy Hagan
  • Shelley Kelley

2013 Earth Month Heroes

  • Liz Crosson
  • Jeff Duclos
  • Captain Charles Moore
  • Leila Volkmann

2012 Earth Month Heroes

  • Erica Aguilera
  • Mahuya Barua
  • Sara Bayles
  • Kathy Carillo
  • Nancy Caruso
  • Anna Cummins & Marcus Eriksen
  • Anita Dunham
  • Reginald Durant
  • Environmental Nature Center
  • Claudio Garzon
  • Mark Gold
  • Patricio Guerrero
  • Kajsa James
  • Jeanne Kumagai & Students
  • James Lieber
  • Kurt Lieber
  • Cynthia Liles
  • Jennifer Miller Garmendia
  • Jim Moriarty
  • Jennifer Naegele & Matt Yurko
  • Dency Nelson
  • April Parise & Elizabeth Zernik
  • Matthew Peterson
  • Kary Rappaport
  • Michelle Spieker
  • Lorie Suntree
  • Robina Suwol
  • Beth Tomlinson
  • Mati Waiya
  • Anne Younglove

2011 Earth Month Heroes

  • Jeff Cornelius
  • Dolores Dang-Wright
  • Fran Delaney Barron
  • Ginger Demers
  • Sophia Derrig
  • Greg Gardiner
  • Michael Gower
  • Jennifer Horton
  • Jason Huffman
  • John Karns
  • Benjamin Kay
  • Carol Kemp
  • Lisa Kerr
  • Bill Kulencavich
  • Jaime Kunze
  • Candace Leuthold
  • Dana Martens
  • Matthew Morrissey
  • Susan Norton
  • Vivian Okoro
  • Mimi Philips
  • Sue Puccinelli
  • Judy Riemenschneider
  • Jill Rivero
  • Peggy Simpson
  • Mary Simun
  • Ramona Talampas
  • John Teutimez III
  • Mike Trimmell
  • E'lyssa Zuer

Nominate your hero

Deadline for nominations is April 15.

First Name
Last Name
Organization (optional)
First Name
Last Name
Organization (optional)
Why is he/she an Earth Month Hero? (limit 500 words)

My life and professional goal is to expedite the creation of a sustainable planet through education.

Benjamin Kay, 2011 Grand Prize Winner

If we use science and common sense in our day-to-day lives, we can keep the planet healthy.

Dency Nelson, 2012 Grand Prize Winner