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E-M:/ Top Enviro Awards Announced


Midland Activist and Novi Land Use Leader To Receive Honors
Michigan Environmental Council Awards Celebration Set For Monday
Lansing—A longtime Republican champion of land use reforms and a Midland grandmother who defeated a controversial sweetheart deal in the waning days of the Engler Administration will be honored Monday with Michigan’s top environmental awards, the Michigan Environmental Council announced today.

Marlene ‘Marty’ Fluharty, who has served as an environmental advisor to four Michigan governors, will receive the Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award during the Michigan Environmental Council’s 5th Annual Awards Celebration Monday in Lansing.  Diane Hebert, a Midland health care worker and grandmother who will receive the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership, will join her in receiving honors.  For 25 years Hebert has raised public awareness of the health hazards of dioxin—one of the most toxic chemicals known—while battling contamination in Midland linked to the Dow Chemical Company.

“These two women are Michigan champions,” said Lana Pollack, Michigan Environmental Council President. “They represent the best in public service and citizen involvement in our state.”

For Fluharty, a Republican who was first appointed to an environmental post by former Gov. William Milliken in the 1970s, it will be a reunion on Monday.  Milliken, Michigan’s longest serving governor and his wife, Helen, will attend the awards reception.  The former governor, who lives in Traverse City, described Fluharty as “one of the great treasures of Michigan conservation.”

Fluharty, currently executive director of the America Foundation in Novi and President of San Francisco-based The Sierra Club Foundation, has served with the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, the Michigan Environmental Review Board and is currently on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Advisory Board.  She has written two books on land use.

In the final months of the Engler administration Hebert led a group of activists in a rare victory when the administration backed off a deal with Dow that would have lowered cleanup standards for dioxin in Midland.  Mary Beth Doyle of the Ecology Center, which nominated Hebert for the Petoskey Prize, praised Hebert’s “dogged determination, commitment, creativity and courage.”

For information on attending Monday's event please contact David Holtz at 517-487-9539.
David Holtz
Communications & Development Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Drive, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
517-487-9539 ext.12 
517-487-9541 fax