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Sharon, MA – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), one of Massachusetts’ leading land protection organizations, received the first-ever Environmental Innovation Award from the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative at their 9th Annual Awards Gala on November 18, 2008. Both Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino were in attendance to honor The Trustees and four other Bay State innovators who received these prestigious awards.
The Boston History & Innovation Collaborative Gala is designed to honor Bostonians and local institutions, past and present, who have contributed to the area’s rich legacy of innovation. Each year the Gala highlights the “Big Ideas” that were born in Boston and spread nationwide, changing the way Americans think, work and live. Each honoree is celebrated with multi-media award presentation that includes a short skit or dramatic reading, as well as slides or video, to convey their accomplishments to Gala guests. The Trustees’ presentation featured quotes from its founder, open space visionary Charles Eliot, 19th-century photographs of crowded Boston neighborhoods, and a montage of nature close-ups and panoramic views from some of the organization’s 100 properties around the state.
This year’s awards were given in five categories to the following honorees: Innovation in Health & Technology: Dr. Robert Langer & the late Judah Folkman, M.D.; Innovation in Healthcare: Dr. Marie Zakrzewska & The Dimock Center; Environmental Innovation: Charles Eliot and The Trustees of Reservations; Social Innovation: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), MassEquality, Mass Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus, Freedom to Marry Coalition, and ACLU; Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Smoyer, founder of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.
About the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative
Founded in 1997, the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative is a not-for-profit alliance that works to sustain Greater Boston’s 400-year tradition of innovation. The Collaborative began as an effort to bring together leaders from the tourism, business, government, and academic sectors to develop public history projects that could aid the region’s economy. Since 2003, the organization’s work has focused on the question of why Boston became and has remained a center of innovation for four centuries. For more information, log on to www.bostonhistorycollaborative.org.
About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for future generations. Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for special places called “reservations,” hence the name, The Trustees of Reservations.
The Trustees of Reservations were founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Today, The Trustees are a leader in the conservation movement, having served as a model for other land trusts, nationally and internationally, and worked with hundreds of community partners to help preserve the natural and cultural fabric of Massachusetts. The Trustees own and care for 100 reservations – more than 25,000 acres in 70+ communities – all of which are open to the public.
The Trustees’ reservations are wonderfully diverse, and include mountains and hilltops, formal parks, working farms, stately homes and gardens, country inns, 70 miles of coastline, and five National Historic Landmarks. Signature properties include: World’s End in Hingham; Crane Beach, Castle Hill, The Inn at Castle Hill, and Appleton Farms in Ipswich; Ward Reservation in North Andover; Long Hill in Beverly; The Old Manse in Concord; Chesterfield Gorge in Chesterfield; Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield; Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, The Inn at Field Farm in Williamstown; Notchview in Windsor; Naumkeag in Stockbridge; Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard; Coskata-Coatue (Great Point) on Nantucket; and the LEED-certified Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster.
The Trustees provide hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors, and appreciate and care for the natural, scenic and cultural features of the Commonwealth. Many events are free-of-charge, or heavily discounted for members. To find things to do and new places to see, visit www.thetrustees.org.
The Trustees: Conservation Leaders and Partners
Of Massachusetts’ five million acres, one million have been developed, one million have been preserved, and three million are “up for grabs.” Of the land not yet developed, 1.5 million acres are worthy of protection for their scenic, ecological or cultural significance. Unfortunately, Massachusetts is consuming open land at a pace far beyond its growth in population, making protection efforts all the more urgent.
The Trustees of Reservations protect land in many different ways: sometimes a treasured family estate is given to the organization after the death of its owner, such as its 100th property Cormier Woods in Uxbridge, and in other cases, The Trustees have assisted communities fighting to preserve a treasured landmark, such as World’s End in Hingham, or Eastover Farm in Rochester and Marion. Increasingly, the organization is working to preserve land near urban areas, including Holyoke, Leominster/Fitchburg, and Fall River, where residents often have little opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
In addition to 100 reservations, The Trustees hold conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres of privately owned land, and have worked with communities and other conservation partners to assist in the protection of another 16,000 acres. The Trustees’ affiliate, Boston Natural Areas Network, owns 39 community gardens and advocates for urban wilds and greenways in the city of Boston.
One of Massachusetts’ largest nonprofits, The Trustees employ 165 full-time, 46 regular part-time, and 350–400 seasonal staff with expertise in resource protection, land management, historic preservation, ecology, public policy, and outdoor education. To apply for employment, request a speaker, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.