Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter Environmental Awards
The Dallas Sierra Club is proud to announce that three of the Lone Star Chapter’s Environmental Award winners are from Dallas. Please join us in congratulating these deserving winners. Here are the award winners:
Virginia Murray Brewer Award
This award honors a Sierra Club member who has contributed to a Chapter and/or a Regional Group through the Outings Program. Sierra Club Outings engage members, among like-minded individuals, to bask in the sublime of nature. We would like to recognize Mark Stein for his leadership as the Outings Chair for the Dallas Group over the past five years. Mark Stein has eagerly met the challenges of Outings Chair, along with duties of permit coordinator and other various roles. In the midst of difficulties, he was quick to respond and adapt structures to meet the changing needs of the Dallas Group. Mark Stein organized trips, activities, and classes, such as Backpacking 101, that bring in revenue to support future programs for the Sierra Club Dallas Group. Under Mark’s five-year leadership, the Outings Committee contributed over $44,000 to the Dallas Group’s bottom line. With patience, organization, and a fervor for exploration, Mark Stein exemplifies this award as he continues to nurture cohesiveness and humility in his work.
Environmental Justice Award
Joppa Freedman's Town Association (JFTA) was formed in 2017 for the purpose of uplifting the Joppa community and educating its children. The heavy, local groundwork by JFTA includes door-to-door canvassing, information sessions, and testimony at the Dallas City Council. A momentous achievement was the movement against Shingle Mountain, an illegal dumping ground for shingles that has polluted the Joppa neighborhoods. JFTA was integral to raising alarm to the City of Dallas, which filed a lawsuit against the company behind Shingle Mountain. The beginning of April marked the first of 90 days in which Shingle Mountain must be remediated.
Additionally, activism within JFTA has led to members holding influential positions on Dallas City Boards, which will more honestly represent minority voices in government. This was a mutually-beneficial collaboration as Sierra Club offered scientific and legal expertise to meet the vigorous organizing efforts of the community. Partnering with the Dallas Sierra Club, Downwinders, Texas Campaign For The Environment, and The Dallas Green Alliance, JFTA has elevated environmental and social justice to new heights in South Dallas. We would like to thank Temeckia Derrough, Miriam Matthews-Fields, and Marsha Jackson of the Joppa Freedman’s Town Association for accepting Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter’s Environmental Justice Award.
Environmental Reporting Award
Julie Thibodeaux and Julie Ryan will also be co-honorees of the Environmental Reporting Award. Julie Thibodeaux is the managing editor for GreenSource DFW, which functions as a clearing house for promoting environmental and social justice activism in North Texas. Under her leadership, GreenSource DFW has evolved to be a hotbed of timely environmental reporting. Their weekly online bulletins are crucial to keep activists from scores of diverse organizations informed of the many activities underway to advance environmental and climate issues. A large fraction of Julie's work consists of coordinating story ideas to educate the public about green topics, such as sustainable living, recycling, waste disposal, nonprofit environmental organizations, eco-friendly green businesses, public policy discussions, and socially responsible investing. Her own incisive and timely articles go a long way towards making up for the ever decreasing environmental reporting by The Dallas Morning News, which has fired its entire environmental team.