2006 Chevron Conservation Awards – Heroes Wanted
SAN RAMON, Calif., May 9, 2006 -- A worldwide search to find pioneering environmental initiatives and the heroes behind them has been launched by the judges of the Chevron Conservation Awards.
Nominations are now being sought for North America's oldest private conservation award program, judged annually by a panel of independent conservationists. The program recognizes outstanding contributions to the conservation of natural resources and offers volunteers, conservation professionals and non-profits organizations alike the opportunity to receive $15,000 towards their conservation work.
Originally created by the late writer Ed Zern in 1954, the program has recognized more than 1,000 conservationists. Recent award winners have been engaged in diverse areas of conservation – from ensuring the survival of wild seahorses, to protecting the world's largest Orangutan population in Indonesia, to providing solar power for health clinics and schools in Africa.
Jack Lorenz, co-founder of the Wildlife Habitat Council and Award program judge, said: "The awards demonstrate the value of partnership. An important factor in evaluating Conservation Award nominees is their ability to work effectively with diverse organizations to achieve consensus and meet environmental challenges in practical ways."
"Around the world, conservationists are finding solutions that provide both economic and environmental benefit," said Rhonda Zygocki, vice president of Health, Environment and Safety for Chevron. "It is our hope that by recognizing outstanding conservation achievement, the awards will inspire others to preserve natural resources in all parts of the globe."
Anyone is eligible to nominate an individual or organization before the May 31, 2006, deadline. Nomination forms are available at www.chevron.com/conservationawards.
Chevron is committed to contributing to the social and economic development of the communities in which the company operates. In 2005, Chevron invested $73 million in community initiatives around the world, nearly 65 percent of which was directed toward long-term, capacity-building projects.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading energy companies. With more than 53,000 employees, Chevron subsidiaries conduct business in approximately 180 countries around the world, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas, and refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
Updated: May 2006