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 and achievements in preserving the County’s natural resources.

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.

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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.

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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

1998
Diane Gruskin
2007
Jean and Robert Nelson
2016
Martus Granire
1999
Geoffrey Welch
2008
Catherine Dodge
2017
John LaPlaca
2000
George Zoebelein
2009
Alberto Baruffi
2018
Laurie Seeman
2001
Colleen and Harold Leidy
2010
Patsy Wooters
2019
Margie Turrin
2002
Zipporah Fleisher
2011
Bill Baker
 
2003
Betty Hedges
2012
George Potanovic, Jr.
 
2004
Charles Schwep
2013
Peggy Kurtz
 
2005
Dr. Constantine Gletsos
2014
Deborah Munitz
 
2006
S.Hazard Gillespie
2015
Grace Meyer