Good Earthkeeping Award

For Immediate Release (3/22/17)

Columbia County Environmental Management Council Seeks

Good Earthkeeping Award Nominations

The Columbia County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is again seeking nominees for its annual Good Earthkeeping (GEK) Awards. These awards strive to commend individuals, agencies, businesses and/or organizations that have made a real contribution to the preservation, improvement or increased public awareness of the environment in Columbia County. Sixty-five agencies, individuals, groups and businesses have received this prestigious honor since 1982.  Last year’s recipients included Camphill Ghent; Columbia Habitat for Humanity ReStore; Columbia Paper; Sundog Solar; Cynthia Creech of New Lebanon; and Jamie Purinton of Ancram.

Eligible award categories include individual, educational, group or business. Nominees must be 18 years or older. Current EMC members are excluded from being nominated. No self-nominations are accepted and family members can’t nominate family or other household members.

Nomination letters must include the business, group or individual’s name, daytime phone number, and post office and email addresses. They must also contain a short description of the contributions the nominee has made to preserve, improve or facilitate a better understanding of the environment and why the nominator feels they should be recognized for their actions and efforts. Lastly, the individual making the nomination must include his or her name, daytime phone number, and post office and email addresses.

Nominations can be emailed to or mailed to Good Earthkeeping Award; Columbia County Environmental Management Council; 401 State Street; Hudson, NY; 12534. They must be emailed or postmarked by April 20 to be considered. Winners will be invited to attend the May 22, 2017 EMC meeting to be held at 401 State Street, Hudson, at 6:30 pm to receive their awards and commendations. Inquiries about the contest can be directed to contest coordinator Theresa Mayhew at

The Columbia County Environmental Management Council is a duly appointed body of volunteer citizens charged with advising the County Board of Supervisors on environmental matters affecting Columbia County. For more information about CCEMC, contact EMC Chair Ed Simonsen at  

Nomination Form