Barb Church, Environmental Justice Service Award Winner

Barb was awarded CHB’s Environmental Justice Service award for her commitment to Environmental Justice in service of our communities and of Commencement Bay and surrounding waterways.

Barb has always believed that it is important to network with environmental communities to combine resources. These networks include organizations with people who are in paid positions, as well as everyday Tacoma residents who are amazing researchers with a passion to make transparent the truth about who benefits from particular industries, who is exploited, what damages our environment and what nourishes it.

Barb believes it is important to amplify voices of those targeted and our most vulnerable.

Amani Hayward, Rising Tide Award Winner

Amani was 1 of 2 Rising Tide award winners at this year’s Stand for Our Sound event.

Amani was awarded CHB’s Rising Tide award for his dedication to protecting the environment and the important work Amani is doing to steward our natural resources.

Amani Hayward is a 14-year-old Puyallup Tribal member who has actively participated in the Puyallup Tribal community his entire upbringing. Amani was raised speaking his ancestral language – txʷəlšucid/Lushootseed, and actively exercises his Treaty Rights: net fishing on the Puyallup River and hunting.

Amani assists his family and Tribe doing clean ups of the Puyallup Reservation, serves his homeless relatives living on the streets and actively participates during Lushootseed storytelling nights as an actor, drummer, and dancer. Amani respects his Tribal culture, language and sovereignty and wants to ensure it is upheld for future generations.

Everett Hatfield, Rising Tide Award Winner

Everett was 1 of 2 Rising Tide award winners at this year’s Stand for Our Sound event.

Everett was awarded CHB’s Rising Tide award for his dedication to protecting the environment and the important work Amani is doing to steward our natural resources.

Everett is a staunch advocate for healthy oceans, not only here at home, but across our planet as well.  At fourteen years of age, he is an advanced scuba diver and an aspiring marine biologist.

Everett recently traveled to Belize to do reef conservation work, and continues to clean-up plastics from Puget Sound, document over-fishing and educate the public through his scuba diving and his camera lens.  Everett hopes to be a part of a larger conservation effort to clean-up our sound and preserve this natural resource for generations to come.

Barry Goldstein, Healthy Bay Champion Award Winner

Barry was awarded CHB’s Healthy Bay Champion award for his longstanding dedication to Communities for a Healthy Bay and the protection and restoration of Commencement Bay and its surrounding waterways.

Barry advances the environmental movement wherever he is – whether it is as faculty of University of Puget Sound, building and strengthening the environmental program or as a board member of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, or as Board President at CHB.

In his scientific work, Barry has focused primarily on the relationship between landscape features and climate change, including the effects of climate on river systems. This work has primarily been in the Puget Sound region but has also included work in the American southwest as well as archeological sites in Israel.

Chris Beale, Clean Water Hero in Elected Office Award Winner

Chris was awarded CHB’s Clean Water Hero in Elected Office award for his outstanding dedication to environmental justice, from protecting our waters to advancing equity.

Council Member Chris Beale represents Tacoma District 5 and was elected in 2017. Chris is a courageous person, and says what needs to be said, even in the face of institutional powers, even when it’s not popular. Chris’ passion for justice makes him a very effective advocate for his constituents and the most marginalized people in this community.

Chris’ passion for justice is what makes him such an effective environmental champion – he cares about making an impact on Tacoma’s climate future, and he pushed on some of the most important and effective policies to address climate pollution, particularly focusing on transit and development, championing Tacoma’s decarbonization bill, representing Tacoma on the Clean Air Agency and helping shape the policy eventually passed by the state legislature in a way that was more effective than it would have been without him.

Anne Kroeker, Kay Treakle Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Kay Treakle was a courageous and savvy activist who fought institutional powers that profited off harming the environment and people in ways that showed her love, humor, intelligence, and courage. Kay was a mighty force for people and nature. She left this world before she was done with her work and through this award, we honor her and keep her memory alive by honoring those who carry on in that same spirit.

Anne was awarded the Kay Treakle Lifetime Achievement award based on criteria created by Kay’s friends and family. This award winner must:

  1. An absolute bad*%$.
  2. Be someone who approached advocacy work not just from an environmental perspective, but a human right, feminist, and/or racial justice perspective.
  3. Someone who has done a lot…but is not done yet. Someone who still has much work to do.

Anne has been a social justice advocate her entire adulthood, serving on numerous boards, advisory groups, and councils for art, education, and the environment, and she is one of those amazing activists who deeply gets the connection between advocacy and art. She currently serves on the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council.

Anne advocates for social justice across Washington, focusing on equity, women’s rights, and sustainability. She is a clear-thinking, well-spoken organizer whose passion for change motivates others. Every day, her courage and passion show, whether she’s standing up against the growth of new fossil fuel infrastructure along WA’s coast and waterways, promoting sustainable development and forestry, or advancing investment in conservation goals that serve both people and the nature that provides us all sustenance.

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