2016 National Arbor Day Awards
The 2016 Arbor Day Awards honored seventeen individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship. Read their stories and watch videos about the winners by clicking on any award below. You can also view photos of the Arbor Day 2016 award weekend.
Greening of Detroit Award for Education Innovation
Greening of Detroit's mission is to help Detroit grow and flourish for a greener tomorrow. By revitalizing urban gardens, restoring and beautifying local neighborhoods and providing Detroiters with job skills through training programs, they can achieve these goals. It all begins with their programs and people.
They take an active role in training Detroit youth and adults for green jobs in forestry, agriculture and landscaping. Their workforce development program has provided more than 240 adult Detroiters with new job skills. Additionally, they employ more than 100 young people to work on a variety of planting projects every summer.
This Year’s Winners Are
J. Sterling Morton Award
Dr. Gerard Donnelly
Legacy of Partnership Award
Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Promise to the Earth Award
Lawrence Enersen Award
Frederick Law Olmsted Award
Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension Professor
Good Steward Award
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Arbor Day Celebration Award
Rachel Carson Award
Indiana Association for Education of Young Children
Champion of Trees Award
Leif Dormsjo & Tommy Wells
Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award
Nelda Matheny & Dr. James Clark
Forest Lands Leadership Award
Excellence in Volunteer Management Award
Public Awareness of Trees Award
Excellence in Partnership Award
Atlanta Beltline Arboretum
Award for Education Innovation
Greening of Detroit
Leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship from around the country and world are honored every other year at our bi-annual Arbor Day Awards celebration held in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The awards ceremony is part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center. Our next awards ceremony will take place in April of 2018.