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October 12, 2009

Environmental Awareness award nominations sought

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 18 for an award to recognize South Carolinians who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. Contact Robin Stephens at the S.C. Department of Environment Control (DHEC) at (803) 896-8973, or e-mail her at: stephers@dhec.sc.gov

The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award, now in its 18th year, during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina's natural resources.
           
Each year the public is invited to submit nominations that are then reviewed by an awards committee, which includes representatives from the state's environmental and natural resource agencies. In judging nominees, the committee considers excellence in innovation, leadership and accomplishments that influence positive changes affecting the natural environment.
           
Members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and DHEC.
           
Benjamin T. "Ben" Zeigler, a shareholder of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., where he practices public finance law in the firm's Florence office, won the 2008 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award. Zeigler completed two consecutive terms (2004-2008) as Chairman of the Board of the Pee Dee Land Trust.  During his tenure on the Board, Ben built unprecedented community support for natural resource protection throughout the Pee Dee region.

Previous award winners include:

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