Arbor Day Award Winner Highlights: Lawrence Enersen Award

Each year the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes outstanding individuals, environmental leaders, and innovative organizations for their sustainable conservation efforts on an international, national, state and community level through the Arbor Day Awards Program. The 2014 Arbor Day Awards were presented April 26 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. During May we’ll highlight the award winners.

Lawrence Enersen Award—Guy Hager:

The Lawrence Enersen Award honors those who have had a positive impact on the environment through a lifelong commitment to tree planting and conservation at a community level.

Guy Hager is the senior director of Great Parks, Clean Streams and Green Communities at the Parks and People Foundation of Baltimore. Hager’s work to improve the health of Baltimore’s ecosystem is evident in projects like Watershed 263, a nationally recognized storm drain green infrastructure initiative that improves water quality and the quality of life using greening or urban forest projects. In addition, Hager has played a key role in Revitalizing Baltimore– a national model community forestry and watershed restoration project.

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Guy Hager and wife Anne plant a tree at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. Photo by Carrie Benes

Hager and his green infrastructure team at Parks & People were recognized by the State of Maryland with an award for innovation in stormwater management for the creation of a new community park with pervious concrete and pavers.

In addition, Hager served as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments and as the Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning for Harford County prior to his time with Parks & People.

Are you aware of an outstanding individual or organization that is an exemplary steward of our Earth?  If so, please consider nominating them for our 2015 Arbor Day Awards.

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