Thursday, October 01, 2020 at 05:30 PM
Online via Zoom

22nd Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

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 one-hour livestream of celebration, community, support and fun:

  • 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


Bill RustumHelen & 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.

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Gary RayburnPetoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership Winner

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.

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Keynote Speaker

Angelou EzelioAngelou Ezeilo is a visionary activist and author who has devoted her career to bettering the environmental movement, pushing its organizations to embrace inclusivity, equity and diversity and connecting underrepresented youths with outdoor experiences and careers.

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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.