25th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

25th Annual Event

Presenting our signature yearly salute

The Environmental Awards Celebration has gained acclaim for honoring some of Michigan's most inspiring and impactful leaders. This year, our 25th, carries on that legacy. Join us to celebrate these special activists on Thursday, August 31, 2023 from 6:30-8:30pm at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. 


Donele Wilkins

Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award Winner

Donele Wilkins will receive the Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award for her inspiring dedication over three decades to protecting Detroit residents. Ms. Wilkins has established and led two important organizations, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and the Green Door Initiative. These organizations have been vital in driving Detroit towards becoming a cleaner, healthier, and greener city, with a trained green workforce and an engaged civic community.

Read more about the award



Tommy SkinnerPetoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership Winner

Tommy Skinner, Petoskey High School student, will be presented with the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership for his commitment to environmental stewardship, which includes organizing a student-led initiative to promote renewable energy and reduce his school district’s carbon footprint.

Read more about the prize


Now in its 43rd year of operation, the Michigan Environmental Council champions lasting protections for Michigan's air, water, and the places we love. With over 91 member organizations from every corner of the state, we move bold ideas to action to protect the health of our communities and steward our incredible natural resources.



August 31, 2023 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124
United States
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Tracy Zeman · · ‭(517) 999-0419

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Superior Sponsors

Steve & Judy Dobson
Jerry Jung
Hon. Rebekah Warren
Hon. Alma Wheeler Smith

Michigan Sponsors

Vivian Day
Dr. Michael K. Dorsey
Dusty Fancher
& David Kletke
Tara Smith

Huron Sponsors

Matt & Karen Cullen
  The Nature Conservancy
Lana & Henry Pollack

Erie Sponsors

Sen. Jim Ananich
Anglers of the Ausable
Joan Binkow
Janis Bobrin &
Michael Allemang
Mary C & Donald J Brown
Lisa Brush & Jim Frey
John & Patricia Carver
Paul Dimond
Ecology Center
Erb Family Foundation
Marty Fluharty
Carol Gagliardi
& Dave Flesher
Christopher &
Elaine Graham
Christine & Phil Green
Paul & Nancy Hillegonds
Tom Kinnear
Arthur Nusbaum
Mark & Suzann Ogland-Hand
Kris Olsson
& David Moran
Michael Penskar
& Maureen Martin
Petoskey Plastics
Public Sector Consultants
Steve & Robin Read
Paul Schutt
& Grace Wang
Laura & Tom Trudeau
Marianne Udow-Phillips
& Bill Phillips
Rich & Susan Vander Veen
Western Michigan University
Leonard & Margaret Weber
Emma White

Ontario Sponsors

Judy & Rich Bearup
Lauren Bigelow
Bill Craig
Martha Darling & Gil Omenn
Lois DeBacker
Tracy Dobson
& Oscar Kent
Sandy & Jerry Draheim
Stephen & Janine Easter
Tim & Tara Fischer
Elizabeth Goodenough
& James G Leaf
John & Patricia Hartig
John Hunting
Myra Larson
Bob Martel & Lisa Sessa
Bruce Martin & Vicki Nelson
Olivia Maynard
PJ Petipren
Denis Pierce
Alica Ping
John Pollack
& Allie Dorsky
Tom Porter
Evan Pratt & Ann Taylor-Pratt
Phil Roos
Cheryl Ruble
& Kevin Hvlaty
Sam & Kerry Singh
Sandra Sorini Elser
Wendi Tilden
& James Clift
Grant & Mary Trigger
Joy Whitten
& Jeff Williams