RALEIGH, N.C.—The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) announced the honorees for their annual Green Tie Awards today. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, at Marbles Kids Museum (201 E Hargett Street, Raleigh).
First up is a trio of legislators with 100% ratings on the NCLCV scorecard for the 2017 and 2018 sessions. Winning the Representative and Senator of the Year Awards are Robert Reives and Valerie Foushee, respectively. Rep. Darren Jackson will accept the Defender of the Environment Award.
“These three legislators are long-time champions on environmental issues. We are excited to recognize their leadership,” said Carrie Clark, NCLCV Executive Director.
UNC marine scientist Pete Peterson and NC Policy Watch journalist Lisa Sorg will receive Catalyst Awards. Peterson has been doing important coastal science research for decades. Sorg is North Carolina’s leading investigative reporter on environmental issues, getting to the root of polluters’ worst practices and exposing them for everyday readers.
Receiving the Jane Sharp Award posthumously is Dick Bierly, who recently passed away after a long association with NCLCV and other environmental organizations. Bierly, a Republican, was a fierce advocate for coastal conservation who believed that environmental protection is also good for tourism and business.