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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council to Present Awards

Monday, October 22, 2001 
Michigan Environmental Council
CONTACT:  Lana Pollack or Brad Garmon
(517) 487-9539 www.mecprotects.org

Michigan’s Highest Environmental Honors to be Presented at MEC Awards Celebration

Peter Stroh to Receive Prestigious Milliken Award;  Romulus Activist Debbie Romak to Receive Petoskey Prize
LANSING –Peter W. Stroh and Debbie Romak will receive Michigan’s highest environmental awards at the Michigan Environmental Council’s 3rd Annual Awards Celebration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Each year, MEC’s event brings the state’s most prominent grassroots activists, government officials and industry heads together to honor Michigan’s environmental leaders. 
Peter W. Stroh will be receiving this year’s Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award.  Stroh was the architect of the American Heritage River designation for the beleaguered Detroit River in 1997.  The river marks one of the world’s most peaceful international borders, but has carried the burden of industry and public neglect for decades. Stroh’s work sparked reinvestment along the downtown Detroit riverfront and preserved the river for future generations of Americans and Canadians.  He also helped found Conservation International, an organization working to protect threatened ecosystems in more than 30 countries on four continents.
Debbie Romak, a city council member and community activist in Romulus, will be presented the Petoskey Prize for grassroots environmental leadership.  Romak, who is being honored for her 11-year fight to stop the introduction of commercial hazardous waste injection wells in Romulus, is a founder and leader of Romulus Environmentalists Care About People.
“These two individuals have made contributions worthy of a legion of Michiganians,” says MEC President Lana Pollack, who will present the awards. “Their hard work and vision has given priceless gifts to all of us, and to future generations.”
The award celebration will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on tomorrow, Tuesday, October 23rd at the Environmental Council’s offices in downtown Lansing, 119 Pere Marquette.