April 12, 2006
The Wirth Chair Awards are presented each year by the University of Colorado at Denver, Graduate School of Public Affairs and Health Sciences Center, for outstanding work in the fields of media, community and business efforts focused on sustainable development. Good Dirt Radio is honored to receive this year’s electronic media award for radio programs created and aired in 2005.
The Wirth Chair was created In 1993 to honor the environmental and sustainable development achievements of former Senator and Undersecretary of State Timothy E. Wirth. His work in Congress, the State Department and now as President of the United Nations Foundation has truly improved the quality of life for individuals in Colorado, the U.S. and throughout the world. The Wirth Chair is committed to helping governments, businesses, non-profit groups and community organizations form sustainable development partnerships that carefully balance economic, environmental and expanded social welfare objectives and strategies.
Featured speakers at the 9th annual Wirth Chair Awards luncheon ceremony, held on April 12, 2006 in Denver, CO, were Tim Wirth, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, former US Senator Gary Hart, who is currently the Wirth Chair Scholar in Residence, and former US Senator Hank Brown, who is currently the president of CU Denver.
Other winners of the Wirth Chair Award are:
- David Schaller, Sustainable Development Director, EPA, Region 8, winner of the Certificate of Merit Award
- Ralph Curtis water and soil conservationist, Alamosa, Colorado, winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award
- Whole Foods Market for remarkable corporate efforts at achieving sustainability.
- For Print Media: The Denver Post, David Olinger and Chuck Plunkett for their series on Colorado’s water
- Video Production: Harumi Kato, Yamagata Broadcasting Co. for her video on sustainable living
- Community: Rick Gilliam of Western Resource Advocates for outstanding participation in creating Colorado’s Amendment 37
- Sustainable Initiative: The City of Denver’s ‘Greenprint Denver’, which integrates sustainability into City programs.
- Special Recognition: FrontRange Earth Force, for engaging youth in solving real problems in their communities.
Good Dirt Radio is grateful for this recognition. We are committed to reporting on individuals and groups who initiate positive solutions to environmental problems…actions that can be duplicated by others. We believe that positive solutions inspire real change.