Aquarion Water Company Honors 2024 Environmental Champions

Aquarion Water Company Honors 2024 Environmental Champions

HAMPTON — Aquarion Water Company recently hosted a special ceremony at the Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park to honor the winners of the 2024 Environmental Champion Award.

Since 2013, Aquarion has recognized organizations and individuals in the business, nonprofit, adult, and student categories who are committed to conserving New Hampshire’s natural resources and implementing sustainable practices within their communities.

“These four award winners have demonstrated a deep commitment to the environment and their communities,” said Carl McMorran, operations manager for Aquarion Water Company in New Hampshire. “Building a more sustainable state is a collective effort, and these environmentalists have been instrumental not only through their own efforts, but also through their dedication to environmental education.”

The winners of the Aquarion Environmental Champion Awards 2024 are:

Impact on clothing

Headquartered in New Hampshire, Apparel Impact was founded in 2014 to tackle America’s fastest-growing waste stream: clothing.

Apparel Impact has diverted over 10 million pounds of textiles from landfills, saved 5.3 billion gallons of water, and removed 175 million pounds of carbon from the air. The company has also provided clothing and footwear to over 4,000 families and raised over $15,000 for veterans and their families.

Since its founding, the company has grown to over 1,210 recycling locations and hopes to reach 1,500 by 2025. In order to create a fun and engaging educational tool, Apparel Impact recently developed “Team Impact!” – a comic book series designed to educate youth about the importance of textile recycling. The comics are available free of charge to any school that wishes to place an Apparel Impact recycling bin on their campus.

Joe Stieglitz

Joe Stieglitz has dedicated his time to conservation for nearly 30 years with the Great Bay Stewards organization and the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Stieglitz is a major donor and contributor to Great Bay Stewards events and campaigns and has given back to his community through volunteer work, including community education and leading outreach programs. He has held multiple positions within the Great Bay Discovery Center, including education program volunteer, exhibit guide, board chair, and secretary.

Education is at the forefront of his many environmental activities, as he seeks to inspire curiosity and strengthen the environmental literacy of the next generation. Stieglitz accomplishes this by volunteering as a field trip teacher for elementary schools and teaching squid dissection to high school classes as a Marine Lecturer at the University of New Hampshire.

Seabrook-Hamptons Estuary Alliance

The Seabrook-Hamptons Estuary Alliance was founded in 2015 with the mission of protecting coastal and aquatic resources and conserving the Seabrook-Hamptons estuary system through education, community outreach, and research.

In 2019, SHEA established the Coastal Hazards Adaptation Team (CHAT), which has developed 19 flood adaptation strategies. In 2022, the Coastal Resilience Team was established to address dune erosion and other coastal issues.

SHEA offers several programs to educate the public, including a series of Flood Smart Workshops, Birds of the Estuary, and a History of Salt Marsh Farming. In addition, it helped establish the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary Collaborative, working with the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, The National Oceanographic, the Atmospheric Administration, and others to promote awareness and maintain the health of the estuaries.

Margaret Maloney

Margaret Maloney is a recent graduate of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to environmental stewardship. She embraced the role of “Forest Friend” at YMCA Camp Nokomis, where she facilitated sustainability efforts and educated campers on the importance of conservation.

Thanks to Maggie’s efforts, Camp Nokomis now has solar panels on its office buildings and has implemented an extensive composting system. Both projects have made the camp more sustainable and have served as educational tools for the campers. She also leads workshops for campers ages 7-15, sharing her passion for sustainable living and environmental conservation with younger generations. Maggie’s environmental activist efforts exemplify Camp Nokomis’ values ​​of respect, responsibility, and community for its young campers.

To learn more about the 2024 Aquarion Environmental Champion Award winners, visit www.aquarionwater.com/awards.