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Donna Edwards Receives 2007 Conservationist of the Year Award
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by Bonnie Bick and Betsy Johnson | 2007

Environmentalist Donna Edwards is the Maryland Chapter’s Conservationist of the Year, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Donna Edwards was honored for her years of commitment and service to the environment with the 2007 Conservationist of the Year Award from the Sierra Club’s Maryland Chapter. Bonnie Bick and former board chair Betsy Johnson, on behalf of the Maryland Chapter and its chair, Mike Martin, presented the award to Ms. Edwards at the Sierra Club Jamboree held at the Catoctin Mountain National Park.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to receive this award from the Maryland Chapter of Sierra Club,” said Ms. Edwards. “I have worked with many of these dedicated individuals on various environmental issues and I am proud to receive this recognition from my peers. I look forward to many more years of working together on the local and national levels to promote environmental conservation and to address global warming.”

“Donna Edwards is a true environmental leader,” said Chapter Chair Mike Martin. “She has consistently provided the vision and the hard work needed on behalf of environmental issues locally and nationally for many, many years.”

“I was so proud to be able to present this award to a long-time environmentalist,” said Bonnie Bick. “Her hard work to make National Harbor more environmentally friendly and an all around better development for the community is a testament to her dedication.”  National Harbor is a 300 acre residential/commercial development on the Potomac River in P.G. County.

In addition to the Sierra Club’s Conservationist of the Year award, Edwards received this month, together with Bonnie Bick of the Sierra Club, a Capital Region Visionary Award from the Coalition for Smarter Growth, for their work in Oxon Hill in Prince Georges County, southeast of the District. Donna Edwards and Bonnie Bick are exemplars of effective civic activism in planning the future of their community, and they received the award for their leadership of the Campaign to Reinvest in the Heart of Oxon Hill.

Two years ago, the very talented Donna Edwards ran for Congress in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, and almost unseated the entrenched incumbent, Albert Wynn. Now she is running again. Donna Edwards is well known to the Sierra Club in Maryland because she is a founder and leader of the Campaign to Reinvest in the Heart of Oxon Hill, a campaign in which Sierra Club joined because of its important smart growth aspects. Edwards has been a leader in the environmental movement for years, in various capacities, notably, as a director of the national League of Conservation Voters, and as Executive Director of the Arca Foundation, which gives grants to campaigns for the environment.

Edwards, after years of working for non-governmental public interest organizations, has decided to run for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District again. She is endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, Emily’s List, Progressive Maryland, the Friends of the Earth Action PAC, the Association of Community for Reform Now PAC, Democracy for America, Democracy for Montgomery County, Progressive Cheverly, the National Organization of Women and the Woman’s Campaign Forum.

Edwards already accomplished something with her first run for office. She forced Congressman Albert Wynn to compile a much better “green” voting record in Congress over the last two years. Since he now understands that his constituents truly care about the environment, he has reversed himself on several important issues. But Donna Edwards is the real thing.  She has worked on environmental issues because she understands the consequences of not addressing them.  She is truly one of us.   

Please visit to see how you can contact the Donna Edwards campaign and get involved.

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