Nature’s Logic and GreaterGood.org Launch Nature’s Voice Awards
We are proud to share that the inaugural GreaterGood.org Nature’s Voice Awards, which aims to amplify the voice and impact of sustainability advocates across the globe, has opened nominations and announced its first round of winners.
GreaterGood.org, a charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet, and Nature’s Logic, a 100% natural pet food with no synthetic vitamins, created the new awards program to recognize organizations and individuals that excel at inspiring action and can serve as best practice examples for other environmental voices to increase their own impact.
“We understand that strong voices for the environment are critical, now more than ever,” explained Liz Baker, CEO of GreaterGood.org. “This campaign celebrates organizations of all sizes across the world who innovate, inspire others, and amplify nature’s voice to help the earth.”
Nominations will be accepted and award recipients will be announced from now until mid-August. The first round of outstanding and diverse voices to be recognized by the Nature’s Voice Awards include:
Vanessa Nakate founded the Rise Up Climate Movement in order to amplify the voices of activists from Africa. She was also the First Fridays For Future climate activist in Uganda. Her work includes raising awareness for the dangers, causes and the impacts of climate change. She spearheaded the campaign Save Congo Rain Forest and is now working on a project that involves installation of solar and institutional stoves in schools.
Green Columbus is a non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable living, environmental education and community involvement in the Central Ohio community. The group has built and leveraged an extensive local network of volunteers that have given more than 100,000 hours of green citizen service in the Columbus area.
Scott Black is an internationally renowned conservationist who has been at the forefront of the conservation movement for more than three decades. Scott’s work has led to protection and restoration of habitat on millions of acres of rangelands, forests, and farmland as well as protection for many endangered species. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America.
Lucienne de Naie is Vice-Chair of the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter; Secretary of Mālama Hamakua Maui; President of the Ha’iku Community Association; Vice President of Maui Tomorrow Foundation; and is on the board of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council and a founding board member of Hawaii Islands Land Trust and Maui Cultural Lands Land Trust. She hosts a popular community interview TV show on Maui’s public access station, Akakū,
Winners that demonstrate outstanding communication efforts – from social media to advertising to events and more – are selected via crowdsourced nominations reviewed by GreaterGood.org. Winners will receive national and local recognition, and, for non-profits, a $1,000 grant from GreaterGood.org. All winners receive a gift of Nature’s Logic 100% natural pet food for their pet-loving constituents, where available.
One top winner, which will receive national recognition and a $10,000 grant from GreaterGood.org, will be selected from among the winners by a panel of judges active in the environmental sustainability sector.
The panel includes:
Patty Rose, Executive Director, Greenspace, NCR, board member New Partners Community Solar
Caitlyn Dudas, Executive Director, Pet Sustainability Coalition
Sarah Julian, Owner OffLeash Communications and Board member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition
Svanika Balasubramanian, Co-Founder & CEO rePurpose, creator of the Certified Plastic Neutral seal
Gillian Davies, Founding Co-Leader of Society of Wetland Scientists Climate Change and Wetlands Initiative
David Garfield Roland, media attorney, producer of Liam Neeson-narrated award-winning film, Love Thy Nature and other social mission films
Noah Horton, Chief Marketing Officer of GreaterGood.org
Caroline Golon, VP Marketing for Nature’s Logic
Sustainability advocates and Nala Cat’s pet parents Shannon Ellis and Varisiri “Pookie” Methachittiphan serve as the nominating chairs of the Nature’s Voice Awards.
“There are so many groups and individuals doing truly extraordinary work in their communities and across the globe,” said David Yaskulka, CEO of Nature’s Logic. “We want to recognize advocates with voices inspiring more earth-friendly consumer, business, voter and community behavior.”
Nature’s Logic is a brand dedicated to sustainability, so sponsoring these awards aligns with their company’s mission. “We aspire to apply the logic of nature to everything we touch,” Yaskulka said. “Supporting environmental efforts is a cornerstone of our business.”
Those efforts include buying 1 kWh of renewable energy for every pound of pet food the company sells. The energy Nature’s Logic purchases goes towards powering their headquarters with renewable energy, the manufacturing of their kibble and bags, and the operations of their partners, including GreaterGood.org.
GreaterGood.org is best known for its disaster relief efforts, as well as signature programs such as The Jackson Galaxy Project, Rescue Bank, Rescue Rebuild, Girls’ Voices, and more. For years, GreaterGood.org has focused on supporting and funding efforts around sustainability so these awards are another way the non-profit can support initiatives both small and large.
“As a FEMA disaster relief partner, we see first-hand the worst of taking the earth for granted. What’s key to making sustainability efforts grow is communication,” said Baker. “Communication inspires action so more people get involved either by volunteering, donating or simply participating in activities that will make a difference. We believe this program can make a direct impact on changing behavior and doing better for our planet. And that’s the ultimate goal.”
Nominations can be made via naturesvoiceawards.org. The nomination period runs through August 17, 2020.The $10,000 grand prize winner will be announced in September.