Earth Day Award
The Livingston County Environmental Management Council (EMC) Earth Day Award recognizes individuals, businesses, agencies, or organizations for outstanding achievements in preserving or improving the Livingston County environment or educating others about Livingston County's environment. The achievements may have occurred during the previous year or may involve ongoing efforts spanning a number of years.
Earth Day Award Nomination Process
The EMC issues a request for nomination in January/February each year for the Earth Day Award.
View a copy of this year's Earth Day Award Nomination Form.
View a copy of the Earth Day Award recipient press release.
Earth Day Award Recipient, 2022
Richard Thomas with the Environmental Management Council
The Livingston County Environmental Management Council (EMC) selected Richard Thomas as the 2022 EMC Earth Day Award recipient. The EMC recognized Mr. Thomas for his long-term commitment to the health and protection of the natural resources in Livingston County. During Mr. Thomas' 32-year professional career in environmental law enforcement with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, he was charged with protecting the natural resources of 11 counties in Western NY, including Livingston County.
The EMC notes that Mr. Thomas is also known locally for land conservation and protection of his forever-wild 23-acre nature preserve, White Hawk Marsh, and the family's Walnut Woods Farm, which he maintains under an active conservation plan. As a public speaker, he inspires and educates students and the community on natural resource conservation, and makes use of these areas for hands-on learning.
The EMC was pleased that, upon retirement, Mr. Thomas has continued his passion for environmental appreciation and knowledge through his captivating professional photography business. He shares his expansive photographic collection with others, reaching far and wide.
The EMC commends Mr. Thomas for his impressive work on behalf of Livingston County. His achievements have contributed to the protection and conservation of Livingston County's natural resources and to the quality of life for our residents.