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Posted on: April 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Winners Announced: 2019 Environmental Awards

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During the April 15 City Council meeting, Mayor Mary Lou Pauly announced that Connie Marsh was selected to receive the 2019 Ruth Kees Environmental Award — our community’s highest honor for environmental advocates.


In addition, the Save Cougar Mountain group received Issaquah’s Community Environmental Award, which builds upon the legacy of the Kees award to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals, groups and organizations.  


Marsh was selected for her leadership and dedication to environmental issues in our community. For decades, Connie has been a stalwart environmental activist and community resource in Issaquah, serving as a key leader in the Issaquah Environmental Council during its full existence. She has also served on many City committees and advisory groups, and devoted countless hours to faithfully attending City Council, committee, board and commission meetings to advocate for environmental issues.


This namesake award is given to individuals whose sustained achievements are especially noteworthy and deserving of special recognition.

Meanwhile, Save Cougar Mountain was selected for its grassroots efforts to preserve land previously proposed for development. The group organized and led a broad public effort involving more than 2,500 supporters over two years, who successfully advocated for a plan to preserve 46 acres on Cougar Mountain.


This award was created for individuals, groups or organizations who have resulted in noteworthy efforts to conserve, protect and preserve Issaquah’s environmental resources and attributes through community action.

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