Montclair Environmental Affairs Coordinator Gray Russell was honored earlier this month with a Garden State Green Award for being New Jersey’s greenest public official. Russell received his “Boggie” at the May 18th awards ceremony which was held during the sixth annual Garden State GreenFest at Kean University.
The Garden State Green Awards, also known as the “Boggies,” honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the environment. They are named after the once abundant Bog turtle, which is now among 16 indigenous animals on the NJ endangered species list. A total of nine awards were presented.
Honorees are recognized for having made extraordinary efforts through:
• Preservation, reclamation or conservation activities;
• Advocacy and pursuit of ‘green’ lifestyles or business practices;
Russell received his award in acknowledgment of his environmental work and advocacy while working in the public sector.
“I’m proud that Montclair is leading the way as a green community.” says Russell. “I look forward to the township taking even greater strides towards sustainability. We’ve come a long way in our efforts towards lowering our carbon footprint but there’s much more that we can do and I know the residents of this town want us to be a smart, sustainable community.”
Conservationist and Animal Planet Host Jeff Corwin presented the Boggie statues to the GreenFest winners.