CONGRATULATIONS 2018 EARTH MONTH HERO DR. CELIA FAILOA
As part of the Earth Month partnership between Wyland Foundation, Toyota, and KCAL / KCBS, we are proud to recognize people around the country who making a difference for the planet. During the live news broadcast on KCAL9, Wyland Foundation President Steve Creech presented Dr. Celia Failoa, assistant professor of ecology, at UC Irvine with the 2018 EARTH MONTH HERO award. Earth Month Heroes recipients also receive a donation to the environmental charity of their choice in southern California.
2019 EARTH MONTH HERO GRAND PRIZE WINNER
A pioneer in the modern environmental movement. Marc McGinnes has been a champion for the planet for more than five decades. In 1969, he moved to Santa Barbara in order to begin work as an environmental lawyer in the aftermath of the offshore oil platform blowout and spill early that year. He organized the first environmental rights day, on January 28, 1970. He is the co-founder of the Community Environmental Council, the environmental defense center. Since 1971, he has won numerous teaching awards as a founder of one of the nation’s first environmental studies programs.
2018 EARTH MONTH HERO GRAND PRIZE WINNER
The Wyland Foundation was proud to select Celia Faiola, a bright young environmental activist and professor within UC Irvine’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as the Earth Month Hero Grand Prize Winner for 2018. In addition to her great work solving issues related to air pollution, climate change, and water quality, Celia is finding new ways to share her understanding of ecology with elementary and middle school teachers, so they can better prepare their students for the environmental challenges of the future.
- Celia is an active member of the AirUCI group, a team of atmospheric chemists, physical scientists, engineers, and biologists like Dr. Faiola working toward cleaner, healthier air especially in Southern California.
- Her peers have called her studies of airborne plant chemicals that can interact with human-caused pollutants to affect air quality “truly cutting-edge.”
2017 EARTH MONTH HERO
As Executive Director for the Council for Watershed health, a 20-year old nonprofit headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, Wendy oversees the councils efforts to advance the health and sustainability of our region’s watersheds, rivers, streams and habitats – both in natural areas and urban neighborhoods. Wendy leads a small but fierce team of dedicated, intelligent, passionate leaders, several of whom have been with the Council over ten years. Wendy also continues to promote the organization’s core values of facilitating an inclusive stakeholder process to advance the health and sustainability of our region’s watersheds, rivers, streams and habitats, emphasizing even more today the critical importance of community engagement and environmental justice.
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Celia Failoa is a brilliant scientist with an amazing ability to impart knowledge to make a difference. She truly cares and is willing to share her passion and knowledge to make a difference in our world.
— Becky Visconti, Women for American Values and Ethics