​“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead

Our community stands out as a place that’s filled with informed, engaged citizens working to uphold shared values. As a result of these efforts, our community continues to enjoy protected, thriving ecosystems that support life and attract visitors. Environmental Heroes is a tribute to that work. 

Thursday, September 7th
Environmental Heroes 14th Annual Awards Banquet
at the elegant Lairmont Manor in Edgemoor 

Honor our Heroes

Our Heroes have accomplished inspiring feats and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to our environment. Deep appreciation to Bob, Dena, Ellie, Jeremy, and Sandy for your hard work and many sacrifices. Your efforts allow our community to enjoy a healthier, brighter, and more sustainable future.

Please join us in honoring this year's outstanding Environmental Heroes:

Bob Aegerter
Political and environmental activist

Dena Jensen  
Citizen investigative journalist
Ellie Kinley  
Advocate for treaty rights and the Salish Sea
Jeremy Freimund, 
In Memoriam 
Water quality scientist and advocate
Sandy Robson  
Citizen investigative journalist

Read the Heroes' full bios

Photo credit Paul K Anderson

Thanks to our sponsors


Special thanks to our Cornerstone Sponsor, Sanitary Service Company, Whatcom County's largest full-service recycling and waste collection company. Locally-owned and family-operated. 

Past Heroes

Click here for a full list of our past Environmental Heroes.