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FCRW’s Watershed Report Manager Awarded 2010 Environmental Education Association of Washington “Award of Excellence”

Press release January 13, 2011

January 2011 – Friends of the Cedar River Watershed Program Manager, Peter Donaldson, received recognition by the Environmental Education Association of Washington with their “2010 Award of Excellence.”  This award recognizes Mr. Donaldson as the “Outstanding Non-formal Environmental Educator.”  Peter is recognized for his work with the Watershed Report as an example of creative teaching and presentation methods that provide a pathway to empower students and teachers to educate citizens about current trends that are the cornerstone of local efforts to develop sustainable communities.

Peter is a master storyteller, educational consultant, and innovative facilitator with 26 years experience in supporting learning communities, managing non-profits, designing curriculum, building partnerships and promoting new forms of organizational learning around sustainability issues. Peter also collaborates with Antioch University in the development of a new teacher endorsement for Environmental and Sustainability Education. He was recently appointed Distinguished Scholar to the Dan Evans Chair for the Liberal Arts at The Evergreen State College. 

The Watershed Report 2009 pilot program provided 5 of 13 greater Lake Washington Watershed school districts the following:

•  Sustainability Seminars tailored and delivered to 20 schools.
•  Six days of “ Watershed College” training for high-school applicants taught by rotating local and regional experts.
• Stewardship projects that included the construction of 6 demonstration rain gardens on school properties in conjunction with a stormwater curriculum.
• 1,000 natives plants in our watershed that improve habitat for fish and wildlife.
• the produced Watershed Report 2009 DVD, which took third place at Ecotrust’s 2010 “Stories from our Watershed” regional film contest.

About FCRW - Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1996 with a mission of engaging people to enhance and sustain watersheds through restoration, education, and stewardship. FCRW operates a suite of four place-based restoration, education, and stewardship programs that promote sustainability in the Puget Sound region to improve our watershed ecosystem and involve our communities in developing pollution solutions.

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