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March 25, 2004

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(04/23) TRENTON - In celebration of Women's History Month, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley Campbell today honored four New Jersey women who have played significant leadership roles in environmental protection and historic preservation. The first annual DEP Women's Environmental Leadership Awards Ceremony took place at the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel, which once served as the home of suffragist Alice Paul.

"While the recipients of the DEP Women's Environmental Leadership Awards have blazed significantly different career paths, they are united by a common goal," said Commissioner Campbell, "Each of these women has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the preservation of New Jersey's natural and historic resources. I commend these leaders for their courageous efforts to make New Jersey a cleaner and healthier place to live."

The Women's Environmental Leadership Award recipients were selected on the basis of the documented environmental benefits, innovation, and impact of their work to the environment. DEP considered environmental leaders in four categories: Advocacy Leadership, Community Leadership, Government Leadership and Historical Preservation Leadership.

Below is a list of those selected to receive the DEP Women's Environmental Leadership Awards.

  • Senator Barbara Buono received the Government Leadership award in recognition of her sponsorship of legislation supporting environmental and historic preservation. Senator Buono serves as chair of the Wagering, Tourism and Historical Preservation Committee and is a founding member of the NJ Smart Growth Caucus. She has sponsored environmentally significant legislation including a 2002 law requiring schools to implement pest management plans and limit pesticide use.

  • Dena Mottola and Commissioner Bradley CampbellDena Mottola was given the Advocacy Leadership award. As Executive Director of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, Mottola was a driving force behind the New Jersey Clean Cars Law, which will reduce the level of toxins in the air by imposing stricter car emissions standards and promoting the use of alternatively fueled vehicles. She has also served as a staunch advocate of Governor James E. McGreevey's proposals to protect the Highlands region and to strengthen New Jersey's water quality protections through Category One designations and enhanced stormwater regulations.

  • Commissioner Bradley Campbell and Valorie Coffey The Community Leadership award was presented to Valorie Caffee in recognition of her work as Director of Organizing at the Work Environment Council, an organization that supports safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. She also serves as chairperson of the DEP's Environmental Justice Advisory Council. In this role, Caffee seeks to address and correct environmental inequality in low-income and minority neighborhoods.

  • Commissioner Campbell and Constance GreiffConstance Greiff received the Historical Preservation Leadership award in honor of her work to preserve New Jersey's historic landmarks. Greiff is the founder of Heritage Studies, the first female-owned preservation firm in the state, as well as Preservation New Jersey, the state's only statewide, private and membership-supported historic preservation organization. Greiff has contributed to the preservation of some of New Jersey's most important historic resources as a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Board of Advisors and the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites.




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