Brower Youth Awards

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Winners in 2017

Anne Lee

Sammamish, WA

Challenging schools to adopt low carbon solutions

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Anthony Torres

Babylon, NY

Inspiring communities to demand climate action

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Charlie Jiang

Washington D.C.

Pushing Wall Street to make just investments

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Dejah Powell

Chicago, IL

Fostering a love for the environment

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Dineen O’Rourke

East Quogue, NY

Encouraging non-violent, direct action

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Mercedes Thompson and Claire Wayner

Baltimore, MD

Working towards a plastic-free Maryland

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Selection Committee

Alex Freid

Alex Freid is a Brower Youth Award Alumni who was awarded based off of his nonprofit titled Post-Landfill Action Network, or PLAN, which helped students create programs to reduce waste on campus. Freid how now turned PLAN into a national organization implementing its model onto other university campuses across the country, creating zero-waste campuses which he hopes will eventually lead to a zero-waste world.

Catherine Flowers

Catherine Flowers is a renowned environmentalist known for her work in fighting for justice in her home state, Alabama, and all over the U.S. She founded the Alabama Center for the Rural Enterprise Community Development Corporation which advocates for sanitation and environmental rights in Alabama as well as works with the EPA and other federal agencies to design affordable, safe, septic systems. She is currently publishing a study about how tropical parasites are emerging in Alabama due to poverty, poor sanitation, and climate change. She hopes this study will shed light on how climate change is disproportionately affecting poor and rural communities.

Davida Herzl

Davida Herzl is a Silicon Valley star making big strides in the environmental world. She is the Cofounder and CEO of Aclima which works to build sensor networks that monitor environmental impacts, such as measuring pollutants, at a hyperlocal scale. She hopes that Aclima will create large-scale changes in behavior, both at the individual and the institutional level. Davida also works with the Environmental Protection Agency as well as has partnered with Google’s Street View fleet to map greenhouse gas emissions and air quality in California.

Gilbert Campbell

Gilbert is the Cofounder of Volt Energy which finances and builds green energy projects. Campbell differentiates his company, however, by providing “ladders of opportunity” in cleantech for people of color. Volt is also partnering with historically black colleges and universities, churches, and other black owned businesses on clean energy installations and education initiatives including, but not limited to, inviting 27 Howard University students to the upcoming American Association of Blacks in Energy conference to network with energy executives.

Mark Magana

Mark Magana is the president and CEO of Green Latinos, a network of Latino environmental advocates that spans nationwide, connecting grassroots efforts with power and money in Washington D.C., accomplishing feats such as convincing the Environmental Protection Agency to close several contaminating landfills in Puerto Rico and bringing Spanish-speaking media attention to the Standing Rock pipeline protests. He believes that the future of the environmental movement lies within diverse communities and that we must invest time into them and their youth.

Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca Burgess is the Founder and Director at Fibershed, which is a company dedicated to building networks of farmers, ranchers, designers, ecologists, sewers, dyers, and spinners in 54 communities around the world to, in five years, accomplish building a complete soil-to-soil fiber system in north-central California, south-central Colorado, and Kentucky. Her goal is to provide ethical clothing for people as well as provide jobs with living wages for local communities and to keep farmers and ranchers on the land.