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Adult Hero Finalists – Groundbreaker Award

These Groundbreakers are adults who are hard at work creating a healthier planet for the next generation.

Freeda Cathcart

Roanoke, Virginia

Freeda Cathcart volunteers 40-60 hours a week to protect water and endangered species in Virginia.

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Julia Chambers

Ludington, Michigan

Julia Chambers has been instrumental in bringing members of her community together to act on behalf of the environment.

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Shirley Nichols

Atlanta, Georgia

Shirley Nichols is a tireless advocate for the parks, waterways, and greenspaces in her South River Gardens community.

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Youth Hero Finalists – Planet Protector Award

These Planet Protectors are youth volunteers who spend their time selflessly making a positive impact on the planet.

Ryan Hickman

San Juan Capistrano, California

Ryan spends approximately 10-15 hours a week cleaning the local beaches and recycling.

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Myroslava Fisun

Albany, California

At just 16 years of age, Myroslava has worked locally, nationally, and globally to help protect the environment.

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Madhvi Chittoor

Arvada, Colorado

For Madhvi, conservation is her “breath and mantra.” She devotes her summer breaks, weekends, and after-school time to advocating for the conservation of our ecosystems.

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Nonprofit Hero Finalists – The Jim Kennedy Conservation Award

The Jim Kennedy Award Finalists are nonprofit organizations that use their collective forces to make our planet better.

Youth Environmental Alliance

North Lauderdale, Florida

Since 2005, Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA) has provided interactive programs that focus on educational sciences, conservation and environmental stewardship.

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We Are Neutral

Gainesville, Florida

We Are Neutral is a 501(c)3 environmental nonprofit with 15 years of experience helping businesses and individuals understand, track, reduce and offset their comprehensive carbon footprints.

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Arizona Sustainability Alliance

Phoenix, Arizona

The Arizona Sustainability Alliance (AZSA) is a nonprofit action and advocacy alliance that aims to create and support cutting-edge, project-based sustainability solutions in Arizona through civic engagement, collaboration and education.

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