County Executive's Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award

In 1998 Rockland County established the County Executive Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award to recognize individuals for their contributions & achievements in preserving the County’s natural resources.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Rockland County Environmental Resources & County Executive's office is thrilled to announce the call for nominations open now through April 10th, 2020. 

The County Executive's Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award recognizes environmental volunteers who care for our parks, champion our watershed programs, encourage waste reduction, and enhance the beauty of Rockland's natural environment.

To be eligible to receive the award an individual must be at least 18 years of age and a Rockland County resident. Individuals who have been nominated in the past, but not chosen, are eligible to be re-nominated.

County Executive Day will honor this year's winner at a tree planting ceremony at
Kennedy Dells Park at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

To reduce waste, nominations are no longer submitted by paper document; instead an e-survey nomination form may be submitted via this link:

2019 Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award Winner

The Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, County Executive's office and Award Review Committee are pleased to announce Margie Turrin as the 22nd County Executive's Environmental Volunteer Award recipient.


Ms. Turrin has been a dedicated steward of the environment for decades now. By trade Margie is the Director of Education Field Programs at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Her volunteer work includes serving as a board member on the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance since 2010, leading Creekside education initiatives and participating in water quality research.




Margie also serves as the Chairperson for the Conservation Committee of the Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management. Her role on the Conservation Committee has been to host quarterly meetings, create water conservation outreach materials and collaborate on conservation projects with the Task Force Chair and Coordinator.

Examples of activities performed by previous winners:

  • Creating place-based art and science programming
  • Keeping roadways and parks free of litter and trash
  • Creating and expanding parks and preserves
  • Protecting environmentally sensitive wetlands and woods
  • Researching and advocating for water quality
  • Bridging diverse points of view on environmental issues
  • Promoting sustainability
  • Advancing reduction, reuse, and recycling
  • Founding and leading environmental action committees and coalitions
  • Reducing school bus idling to protect young lungs
  • Developing an integrated pest management program
  • Serving on the County’s Environmental Management Council

Previous Winners

Diane Gruskin
Jean and Robert Nelson
Martus Granire
Geoffrey Welch
Catherine Dodge
John LaPlaca
George Zoebelein
Alberto Baruffi
Laurie Seeman
Colleen and Harold Leidy
Patsy Wooters
Margie Turrin
Zipporah Fleisher
Bill Baker
Betty Hedges
George Potanovic, Jr.
Charles Schwep
Peggy Kurtz
Dr. Constantine Gletsos
Deborah Munitz
S.Hazard Gillespie
Grace Meyer
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