Omega is committed to helping people learn through unique innovative experiences. This award acknowledges other nonprofits who share our commitment to the environment and exemplify leadership in sustainability education. Recipients receive a $10,000 cash award and an organizational development grant for a planning retreat at Omega.
POUGHKEEPSIE FARM PROJECT (2015)
The OCSL's 2015 Leadership Award in Sustainability Education went to Poughkeepsie Farm Project. “We are delighted to recognize Poughkeepsie Farm Project as a nonprofit that has made great strides with community partners to increase support for growing and serving local food in schools,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega and visionary behind the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. “Poughkeepsie Farm Project has involved thousands of urban youth in powerful learning experiences, leading to excitement about farm-fresh food and understanding of the systemic causes of hunger and food insecurity.” Learn more.
Discover Poughkeepsie Farm Project's educational programming for youth, educators, and the community.
GROUNDWORK HUDSON VALLEY (2014)
The 2014 Leadership Award in Sustainability Education was awarded to Groundwork Hudson Valley. For more than 10 years Groundwork Hudson Valley has led the way in the lower Hudson Valley to help transform underserved communities throughout the region into being more livable and environmentally sustainable places. They do this through programs directly involving local residents, focusing particularly on youth. Learn more.
Learn about Ground Work Hudson Valley's Science Barge, a floating environmental education center.
SCENIC HUDSON (2013)
The second annual Leadership Award in Sustainability Education recognized Scenic Hudson, an organization working to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majectic landscape. A crusader for the Hudson Valley since 1963, Scenic Hudson is credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement. Through a number of inititives, they work to open up river access to the public and preserve the valley's inspiring beauty and natural resources. Read the press release.
Check out Scenic Hudson's educational advocacy campaigns.
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (2012)
Omega awarded the first OCSL Leadership Award in Sustainability Education to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. A longtime leader in sustainability education in the Hudson Valley, Omega's home, Clearwater has been active in protecting the environment by inspiring, educating, and activating people. With programs like the Next Generation Legacy Project, the Green Cities Initiative, and the opportunity for the public to learn about the Hudson River in programs on its two boats—Clearwater and Mystic Whaler—Clearwater carries forward Pete Seeger's dream to develop new leaders to put the "eco" back into "economy." Read the press release.
Learn about Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Young Men and Young Women at the Helm, a youth empowerment educational program.