Throughout the year CCE is involved in a variety of critically important issues dealing with everything from sewage pollution to groundwater protection. But I’m not going to write about any of that in this blog post, this is all about our annual Environmental Equinox Award Gala—an event that takes a year to plan and culminates in one fantastic evening of stakeholders, elected officials, members of the public, and businesses celebrating CCE and our honorees. Oh yes, and dancing!
The annual gala is when all of CCE staff, from our six offices, come together to celebrate a year’s worth of environmental victories. We also celebrate the hard work of our distinguished honorees. This year, we picked two deserving scientists for our “Environmental Equinox Awards”. The environmental equinox is the time of year when the sun crosses the equator and the length of the day equals the length of the night on all parts of the earth. The equinox is a symbol of achieving environmental and societal harmony. CCE was proud to honor Dr. Chris Gobler, from Stony Brook University, and Dr. Nathalia Rogers, from Dowling College.
CCE believes good policy is based on good science with a sprinkle of common sense. Without Dr. Gobler’s cutting edge scientific research on harmful algal blooms, groundwater contamination, and climate change, it would make our jobs that much harder. His research has been extremely valuable and instrumental in campaigns protecting and restoring Northport Harbor, the Carmans River, and the Western Bays. Dr. Gobler and his team of student scientists celebrated his award by dancing the night away.
The annual bus trip to Albany for the Long Island Lobby Day Coalition (LILC) would not be complete without the one and only, FABLOUS Dr. Nathalia Rogers. Dr. Rogers provides invaluable input on critical Long Island issues. Many of the LILC’s priorities are mirrored in the Long Island Youth summit, an event that Dr. Rogers puts on every year to foster knowledge through high school competition. She works not only to advance critical Long Island issues for today, but to ensure that these priorities are instilled in future generations as well.
Being surrounded by hundreds of our members, friends, family members, and supporters is a great reminder of all of the partnerships we form throughout the year that make our victories possible. We couldn’t do what we do to protect our air, land, and water without such positive and powerful people behind us. Thank you to everyone that helped make the event a success! Together we make a difference!
To see pictures of the event check out our facebook page!
**This blog was supported in part by Tara Bono***