Who helps boaters stay "green"?

Published online: Oct 04, 2010 News BoatUS
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. October 4, 2010 - Who is helping boaters, sailors and anglers stay "green"?

With a call for entries now underway through December 15 for the 2010 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award, now is the time to shine the spotlight on those who have made significant contributions in helping others become more environmentally responsible. The Award honors people, organizations or businesses who have helped show boaters how to take better care of their local lake, river or bay, and the recipient will take home $1,000 to help continue their environmental efforts. 

"Any group, organization, company, marina or individual who has worked hard to make a difference is eligible for the award," said Susan Shingledecker, director of environmental programs for the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. 

"This could be a group from your neighborhood that has cleaned up miles of beaches, a boat club member who has spearheaded a local environmental education campaign or a marina that has led efforts to keep our waterways clean," added Shingledecker. "Or, you could nominate someone at the state level, or a national company that develops a breakthrough product with significant environmental benefits, for example. But the bottom line is that we are looking for nominees who have made a real impact."

The award, now in its fourth year, was created to complement the efforts of the BoatUS Foundation, which has a long history of working with waterway users, marinas and local organizations throughout the country to help bring environmental messages directly to boaters.

Applications and more information about the award are available at www.BoatUS.com/FoundationEntries must be received by December 15. Any questions may be directed to Shingledecker at SShinkgledecker@BoatUS.com

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About the BoatUS Foundation:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation .

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