22nd Annual Environmental Awards Celebration
We’re excited to present our signature yearly salute
This year's event is brought to you in a safe, healthy fashion -- a special one-hour livestream festive celebration:
- Honoring two environmental champions.
- Recognizing grassroots groups making a difference.
- Hearing how we can make our movement stronger.
- Connecting with others who care about our environment.
- Supporting MEC’s work to protect Michigan.
Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award Winner
Bill Rustem has been a visionary leader for more than four decades. A conservation champion in state politics and a key strategist to two governors, he was the driving force behind several landmark programs that established Michigan as a leader in protecting natural resources and people.
Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership
Gary Rayburn is a take-charge activist who decided to fight nutrient pollution poisoning the Pine River. In less than five years, he formed a grassroots organization, linked with influential local and state leaders and turned it into a powerful protector of the waterway.
Angelou Ezeilo is a visionary activist and author who has devoted her career to bettering the environmental movement, by pushing its organizations to embrace inclusivity, expanding public perspectives and connecting underrepresented youths with outdoor experience and conservation careers.
Celebrating our 40th anniversary as the most trusted environmental voice in the State Capitol, MEC leads a coalition of more than 65 organizations to achieve positive change through public policy solutions.