SOURCE: The National Audubon Society

December 01, 2008 12:00 ET

Conservationists Receive TogetherGreen Fellowship

National Audubon Society in Alliance With Toyota Foster Tomorrow's Conservation Leaders

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - Want to learn more about those getting involved in creating a brighter, healthier future? TogetherGreen wants you to meet the Fellows who will shape tomorrow, creating a positive environmental change. Forty of the nation's most promising conservationists will advance their environmental vision and conservation leadership skills as recipients of the first TogetherGreen Fellowships. Awarded by the new conservation alliance of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, Fellows were selected from scores of applicants across the country by an advisory board of environmental leaders.

TogetherGreen Fellows were chosen for leadership potential, skills and commitment to engaging communities in conservation action. Efforts will aid people and wildlife around 39 cities in 24 different states -- a full list can be found at www.togethergreen.org/fellows.

--  Each Fellow receives a $10,000 stipend and assistance in launching
    local projects to educate a wide range of communities about the environment
    and engage them in efforts to conserve land, water and/or energy.
--  Fellows also receive specialized training in conservation planning and
    execution, the chance to work with experienced environmental professionals,
    and assistance with project outreach and evaluation.
--  Recipients include professors and Ph.D. candidates, an artist,
    ecologists, professional conservation practitioners and representatives of
    wide-ranging community organizations.
--  Half the Fellows were selected from within Audubon's network of nearly
    500 local Chapters, Centers and State organizations. The rest earned their
    credentials with other groups that help to broaden the reach of
    TogetherGreen conservation efforts.
    

"Each of our TogetherGreen Fellows demonstrates exceptional environmental understanding and commitment, combined with tremendous potential to inspire and lead others. They are the talented leadership the environmental community will need to tackle the huge challenges and opportunities confronting us now and in the years to come," said Audubon President John Flicker. "These are amazing people who can help us all shape a better future."

One of the goals of TogetherGreen is to foster diverse leaders and serve communities who have not previously been engaged in conservation activities. The first year of TogetherGreen Fellowship projects include mentoring youth in Los Angeles Latino neighborhoods; an urban forestry program for African Americans in Gainesville, Florida; and a conflict management workshop in conservation networks in Appalachia. Other projects range from helping urban students save energy by installing solar panels in their school to mobilizing rural ranchers to protect water quality. Along the way, the TogetherGreen Fellows will develop new and expanded abilities to forge conservation progress in the future.

Audubon and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in Spring 2008 to fund conservation projects, train environmental leaders, and offer volunteer and individual action opportunities that significantly benefit the environment. Community volunteer days have already begun in over 40 cities across the country and www.TogetherGreen.org helps users take conservation action and share and celebrate conservation success stories. The TogetherGreen initiative and grants programs are funded by a $20 million Toyota gift to Audubon, the largest in the conservation group's long history.

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