February 6, 2013

Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards Put Spotlight on Citizen Contributions to Planet

To the Editor:

This is to congratulate the awardees of the Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards, presented at the Princeton Public Library on January 23 by Mayor Liz Lempert and Princeton Environmental Commission Chairman Matt Wasserman on behalf of Sustainable Princeton.

Devotion to sustainability spans generations — from Robert Hrabchak, a student at Princeton Day School, who retrofitted an old car to run on electricity, to Grace Sinden, who received Sustainable Princeton’s first “Lifetime Achievement Award.” The other awardees are: Dr. Stephanie Chorney, citizen activist; John Emmons, science teacher at Community Park School; Martha Friend, science teacher at Littlebrook School; Jack Morrison, President of JM Group and owner of Nassau Street Seafood and the Blue Point Grill; Stu Orefice, Princeton University dining services director; Bill Sachs, tree expert; and William A. Wolfe, architect.

The awards put a spotlight on citizens who have contributed in a variety of meaningful ways to lighten our footprint on the planet. Following their example, we, individually and collectively, can play a part in our everyday lives through better recycling (including food waste made into compost), greater energy conservation, planting trees, growing vegetables, etc.

Bravo to these awardees who have contributed to sustainable actions and who are an inspiration to us all.

Chrystal Schivell

Monroe Lane