Boston & Sharon, MA – October 3, 2012 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest nonprofit conservation organization, honored Mayor Menino with its prestigious Charles Eliot Award at the organization’s recent Annual Meeting held on Thursday, September 27, at the New England Aquarium. The award, named for Trustees founder Charles Eliot, a protégé of esteemed landscape designer of Frederick Law Olmsted, recognized the Mayor for his many years of environmental leadership and advocacy on behalf of the City of Boston. The award also honored him for his support of The Trustees and its permanent affiliate, Boston Natural Areas Network, (BNAN), the City of Boston’s largest land trust and leading advocate for open space.
“Mayor Menino could not be more deserving of this important award. Just like Charles Eliot, the Mayor’s vision to make Boston a greener, healthier, and more livable city has created a lasting legacy for current and future generations,” said Barbara Erickson, President of the Trustees of Reservations. “His steadfast support for urban green spaces and initiatives has played a significant role in turning some of our most important projects around the city into a reality.”
During his five-term tenure, the Mayor has made countless contributions to the protection and enhancement of Boston’s green spaces, acting as a devoted preservationist and advocate for community gardens, open space, urban parks, renewable energy, cultural landscapes and landmarks, and the public/private partnerships that are the hallmark of so many city initiatives. A national and local leader on environmental issues, Mayor Menino believes that one of government’s top priorities must be to create livable cities by maintaining parks, expanding open space, and beautifying public lands. As a result of his leadership, Boston is ranked in the top five of major cities in the U.S. for its sustainability initiatives for hundreds of acres of new green space, thousands of new trees, miles of new bike lanes, single-stream recycling, and first-in-the-nation green building standards.
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest non-profit conservation organization. The organization’s mission is to hold in “trust” and “preserve, for public use and enjoyment,” “reservations,” or properties, of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” For over 120 years, The Trustees has worked to conserve the natural, cultural and scenic character that makes Massachusetts’ landscapes and communities unique. The Trustees own and manage 108 properties, totaling more than 27,000 acres, serve more than one million visitors each year. Supported by over 100,000 member families, generous donors and over 1,500 volunteers annually, organization works to foster healthy, active, and green communities, with an emphasis on encouraging sustainable, local agriculture and urban and suburban community gardens throughout the state. For more information visit www.thetrustees.org.
Boston Natural Areas Network, a permanent affiliate of The Trustees of Reservations, is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together local residents, partner organizations, public officials and foundations to preserve, expand and enhance urban open space, including community gardens, greenways and urban wilds. For more information about the organization, becoming a member or the calendar of events, visit www.bostonnatural.org.