News Release: California League of Conservation Voters Honors Environmental Champions at Annual Awards Gala


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.  (June 26, 2014) – The California League of Conservation Voters—the nonpartisan political action arm of California’s environmental movement—will honor four of California’s leading environmental champions at its annual Environmental Leadership Awards at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco tonight.

“CLCV is thrilled to honor these four extraordinary environmental heroes, whose commitment to protecting and promoting California’s environment, the health of our families, and clean energy leadership is an inspiration to all of us,” said CLCV chief executive officer Sarah Rose.

CLCV will award California Congressman George Miller its Byron Sher Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of the legendary California lawmaker.

“This award means a lot to me: Thank you Byron Sher for all that you have done, and thank you to CLCV for honoring me with this tribute. Thank you for staying in the vanguard of environmental policy-making,” said Congressman Miller. “There’s a lot to be proud of, but we have to renew this critically important operation every day. We need constant input on the ground, in campaigns, education and advocacy, to stand up for the historic hallmarks of the environmental movement.”

CLCV will honor three other outstanding environmental champions with Environmental Leadership Awards: Arno Harris, CEO & Chairman of Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s leading solar project development companies; Susan Frank, CLCV Board member and President & COO of the Better World Group, a leader in political and environmental strategy; and California-based New America Media, the first and largest national collaboration of ethnic news organizations.

“I’m honored to receive this award from the California League of Conservation Voters,” said Harris. “They recognize that passionate advocacy for solutions to climate change must be backed up with pragmatic, real-world actions in order to protect California’s environment and future generations. Together, we’ll work to make sure California continues to lead the nation in moving into a cleaner energy future.”

“I’m beyond overwhelmed by this recognition,” said Susan Frank. “Thank you to CLCV and all of the many California organizations, businesses, and individuals who fight the good fight for the health of our families, our environment, and California’s clean energy economy every day—you inspire me.”

Accepting on behalf of New America Media is Executive Editor and Director Sandy Close, who said, “We’re honored by our partnership with the California League of Conservation Voters, first with our collaborative training project for ethnic media on environmental issues, and now with this recognition.”

“This is a particularly important time in our state’s history to recognize the contributions of phenomenal environmental leaders like those we honor tonight, and make sure the next generation knows they, too, can make a difference,” said CLCV President and Board Chair, Rick Zbur. “Climate change in particular is a challenge we face together. We must believe in our collective power to raise our voices, elect the best environment champions, work toward solutions and ultimately protect and preserve our environment and our communities.”

More information about the event, including biographies of all of the honorees, can be found online at

About the California League of Conservation Voters:

The political muscle of the environmental movement in America’s leading environmental state, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental political action organization. CLCV uses sophisticated campaign tools to help elect pro-environment officials – and to hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year. For more information about the Scorecard and CLCV's endorsements, visit


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