Forty promising conservation leaders will advance their environmental vision and leadership skills as recipients of the 2012 Audubon & Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowships. Hailing from all across the nation, this year’s TogetherGreen fellows will tackle environmental projects as diverse as the populations they serve – from building a solar garden with Illinois high school students, to protecting the ecologically sensitive Bering Strait in Alaska.
TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, selects 40 high-potential local leaders annually to receive a $10,000 fellows grant. With the funds, TogetherGreen Fellows conduct community projects to engage diverse audiences in habitat, water or energy conservation. In addition to receiving support launching their conservation initiatives, the Fellows also benefit from specialized training and the opportunity to become part of an exciting alumni network of conservation professionals.
“These are heroes. They help people engage with nature. They look like America; diverse, passionate and patriotic,” said Audubon President David Yarnold. “They are leaders and we’re proud to give them a chance to invent the future.”
Sample fellowship projects that will receive 2012 funding include:
“For the fourth year in a row, Toyota is proud to support such an impressive and diverse group of conservation leaders,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of Philanthropy for Toyota Motor North America. “We know this new group will continue the great legacy of TogetherGreen Fellows by being catalysts for environmental change in communities across the country and engaging people of all walks of life along the way.”
The TogetherGreen Fellowship Program invests in high-potential individuals from all backgrounds, providing them with resources, visibility, and a growing peer network to help them lead communities nationwide to a healthier environmental future. To date, 200 environmental leaders from across the country have been awarded TogetherGreen fellowships. These leaders have worked with nearly 500 organizations and engaged over 100,000 people in community-based conservation action, achieving results in habitat, water, and energy.
A complete list of the 2012 TogetherGreen Fellows and details about their conservation projects can be found at www.TogetherGreen.org/fellows.