The Green Oscars

Hi ENOpians!

Some of you may have noticed a little thing called the Oscars that aired Sunday Feb. 26 worldwide. 24 Oscars were dished out to 24 lucky recipients who all provided outstanding performances in the year’s best films. It’s a glitzy event with parties, red carpets, and lots and lots of champagne that draws attention to the arts, but ignores a current hot topic – the environment.

Granted it is not the point of the Oscars to celebrate who planted the most trees, but it is always a welcome refreshment to celebrate those who dedicate themselves to sustain the environment for the rest of, well, us! Welcome to Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society Conservation Awards – aka, “The Green Oscars”!

Wild South – a non-profit grassroots organization inspiring people to value and protect the natural legacy of the South – has hosted The Green Oscars for four consecutive years, and this year ENO are proud to announce we are one of their partners! Along with 10 other community partners, including The Green Sage Café, Pisgah Brewing Company and Hickory Nut Gap Farm, we will be helping Wild South celebrate the winners of their seven award categories.

Here is a complete list of categories and final nominees:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ralph White (James River Park, VA)

Outstanding Journalist

Don Hendershot (Smoky Mountain News, NC)

David Joy (Crossroads Chronicles, “Growing Gills”, NC)

Glynn Wilson (Locust Fork News, AL)

Outstanding Business

Greenway Transit Services, LLC (Durham, NC)

Highland Craftsmen, Inc (Spruce Pine, NC)

Cherokee Indian Hospital (Cherokee, NC)

Outstanding Volunteer

Margaret Copeland (Audubon MS/Friends of Noxubee, MS)

Robin Hinter (Georgia Forest Watch, GA)

Carmen Cantrell (Clinch Coalition, VA)

Outstanding Educator

Mark Case (Southern Guilford High, NC)

Maggie Johnston (McDowell Environmental Center, AL)

Blair Ogburn (Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC)

Outstanding Conservationist

Barry Sulkin (TN PEER Director, TN)

Mark Miller (SAFC- VA Organizer, VA)

Jeff Hunter (SAFC- TN Wild Campaign, TN)

Outstanding Philanthropist

Leigh Bost, Patagonia Atlanta (GA)

Brad & Shelli Stanback (NC)

The Young Family Foundation (AL)

Outstanding Youth

Rachel Hopkins (Raleigh, NC)

Alex Durand & Laura Rigell (TennYEN, TN)

All the categories aim to celebrate conservation heroes across the South and recognize their outstanding work in 2011 to protect wild places. The event will be held on March 23 here in Asheville, NC, where winners will be announced and awards distributed.

For more information check their Web site, or read these articles from the Mountain Express, The Asheville-Citizen Times and the Locust Fork News-Journal.