BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized one organization and one individual from Rhode Island last month at the 2014 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony.
The Rhode Island awardees were among 26 recipients across New England honored for contributing to improving New England’s environment.
The merit awards, given out since 1970, honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts.
The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association was the organization recognized by the EPA. The organization works collaboratively to promote environmental education and public awareness of environmental issues throughout the Ocean State.
Jane Austin was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award. According to EPA, she has dedicated 10 years to improving the health of Narragansett Bay, and the sustainability of its community. At Save The Bay, she served as director of policy and advocacy. •