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Environmental Service Awards


Awards: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

We annually present MACC Environmental Service Awards honoring those who have made outstanding contributions toward environmental awareness and resource protection in Massachusetts.

We usually present a "Conservation Commissioner of the Year" award to a present or past commissioner who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her commission and community. An outstanding conservation commission administrator or other staff person is also usually recognized.

Accomplishments considered by the Awards Committee in selecting recipients include: increasing efficiency of operations, hearings, meetings; writing and passing bylaws; increasing the effective administration or implementation of the Wetlands Protection Act in protecting a community’s wetlands and water resources; spearheading important land acquisitions; developing land-management plans; and completing a significant local project.

Awards are presented at our Annual Environmental Conference, held in February or March every year.


Nancy Anderson Award

The Nancy Anderson Award is MACC’s most prestigious award. It is given to honor an environmental leader best exemplifying former MACC President Nancy Anderson and is presented in her memory. The Anderson Award is given only when the Board of Directors identifies a person with success in sustained environmental leadership, staying power, creative thinking, fairness to all, love of our planet, and a moral certainty in the goodness of all things great and small.

Nancy Anderson Award recipients are: Alexandra Dawson (2005); Davis "Stuart" Debard (2011); and Sally Zielinski (2015).


How to Nominate for an Environmental Service Award

Nominees may be conservation commissioners, conservation commission staff, environmentalists, government officials and staff, teachers, students, organizations, and others who have contributed significant time and efforts to environmental protection.

Nominations should include:

  • Name, address, email address, and daytime telephone number of the nominee
  • Background information, affiliations, and pertinent achievements of the nominee (up to ten pages)
  • Name, affiliation, email address, and daytime phone number of person/organization submitting nomination
  • Letters of support from at least two persons or organizations (maximum of five)

The deadline is September 30 each year. Email (preferred) to or mail to MACC, 10 Juniper Road, Belmont, MA 02478. Call MACC at 617-489-3930 with any questions.

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