Omega Institute, home of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), has presented its first annual Leadership in Sustainable Education Award to environmental champion, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. The $10,000 cash award acknowledges Clearwater as a nonprofit peer who exemplifies leadership in sustainable education, and who shares Omega’s commitment to building a more just and sustainable world. The award was given this morning on the Rainbow Stage at the opening of Clearwater’s 2012 Great Hudson River Revival, the organization’s annual music and environmental
festival taking place at Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
“To further our 35-year commitment to environmental stewardship, Omega has created the 2012 Leadership in Sustainable Education Award to recognize a nonprofit organization that has demonstrated significant leadership in sustainability education,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, Chief Executive Officer at Omega and visionary behind the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.
Omega, a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning through innovative educational experiences, launched the OCSL, an environmental education center and natural water reclamation facility, in 2009. The OCSL is the first green building in America to achieve both LEED® Platinum and Living Building Challenge™ certification, the highest standards currently available in sustainable architecture. Furthermore, the OCSL, a key initiative at Omega, serves as the umbrella to a wide variety of sustainability efforts on Omega’s Rhinebeck, New York campus, including a number of sustainable education programs offered annually.
“As a nonprofit organization and environmental steward, Omega is proud to build relationships and offer
resources to nonprofits that exemplify leadership in sustainable education,” said Backus. “We’re honored to recognize Clearwater as the first recipient of Omega’s first annual Leadership in Sustainable Education Award for their dedication to education and preservation of the Hudson River Valley in all its magnificence.”
“Clearwater is honored to receive this recognition from Omega Institute for our work to create a healthier, greener, more sustainable and equitable Hudson Valley,” said Jeff Rumpf, Clearwater Executive Director.