American Littoral Society To Receive Environmental Award
The American Littoral Society in Broad Channel is one of two non-profits in Queens which were awarded the 2013 Environmental Quality Award for their commitment and significant contributions to making the city greener. The American Littoral Society and the Community Environmental Center (CEC) in Long Island City, both nominated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, will receive the honor.
“I congratulate these outstanding Queens groups for their dedication to creating a cleaner New York,” said Gillibrand. “From improving the city’s quality of life, to creating new local green jobs, these environmental champions will help lead the way towards a green energy future for our city and our country.”
The American Littoral Society is headquartered in New Jersey but their northeast chapter in Broad Channel is getting recognition for promoting the study and conservation of marine life and habitat following Hurricane Sandy. After the storm, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation commissioned the Society to coordinate a regional assessment to evaluate environmental impacts the storm had on coastal habitats and its species. Through this study, the group found the regionwide impacts, changes to specific habitats, and a focus on protecting conservation areas.
“As stewards and advocates for Jamaica Bay and New York’s coastal environment we greatly appreciated the nomination from Senator Gillibrand and are thrilled that we are being recognized for our restoration and educational work,” said Don Riepe, Director of the American Littoral Society’s Northeast Chapter. “I and my staff look forward to receiving the award on April 19th.”
The groups will receive the award during a ceremony at the EPA Regional Headquarters in lower Manhattan.