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Sustainability Conference Honors River Partners

River Partners tours the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge. L-R: Julie Rentner, Mark Kimmelshue, Monroe Sprague, John Carlon, Kim Forrest (Refuge Manager), Tom Lando, Suellen Rowlison, Irv Schiffman. Photo by River Partners staff.

At the 5th annual This Way to Sustainability Conference held at CSU Chico, River Partners was named as a “Greenie Award” winner. The award acknowledged River Partners’ contribution as a nonprofit organization that has advanced the cause of sustainability. Over the past 11 years, River Partners has restored more than 6,000 acres of riverbanks and floodplains, providing critical habitat for wildlife and sustainable solutions for California’s rivers.

Irv Schiffman, River Partners’ board chair, accepted the Greenie award at the Conference’s reception on November 5, 2009. “We hope that this award will increase awareness of the benefits achieved through the restoration of riparian areas. The award is a recognition that River Partners’ efforts have succeeded in contributing to environmental sustainability, in part, by controlling flood flows, providing habitat for indigenous species, and by improving air and water quality.”

The annual Greenie awards are made to a nonprofit organization, a business, and an individual. Nominations are open to faculty, staff, students, and community partners of the This Way to Sustainability Conference.

The above article originally appeared in the December 2009 issue of the River Partners Journal.