Brower Youth Awards

May Boeve

Middlebury, VT

May Boeve led Middlebury College’s action-oriented environmental and social justice group, the “Sunday Night Group”. In January 2005, May was inspired by “What Works: Building the New Climate Movement” conference and became instrumental in putting the conference message into action. That summer, May and seven other students embarked on The Road to Detroit, a 15,000-mile road trip around the country in a vegetable oil and biodiesel-fueled bus. May and company toured concerts, festivals and community events to spread the word that cleaner air, a stable climate, and an energy-independent future are possible. More than 11,000 people supported their Clean Car Pledge, promising to buy a U.S. union-made, fuel-efficient vehicle as soon as it became available. The tour culminated in Detroit where May delivered these signatures to a representative of the United Auto Workers.