Eldridge Receives Sudbury Valley Trustees Distinguished Service Honor

Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard, far left, and the award recipients: Stephen Kossuth, Lucas Allen, Isaac Bernstein, Sue Kurys, Alison Field-Juma, Sen. Jamie Eldridge, and Fred Ballou.

BOSTON – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) received the Sudbury Valley Trustees’ (SVT) 2017 “Distinguished Service Award” for his work on environmental conservation and protection.

“I was honored to receive the Distinguished Public Service Award, and want to thank Sudbury Valley Trustees Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard for nominating me, and SVT for their dedication to conservation,” Senator Eldridge (D-Acton) said. “Environmental protection has always been a priority for me and my district, and I will continue to proudly advocate for open space and conservation land, increasing our renewable energy resources, and keeping our water safe and clean.”

“Over these 15 years, Senator Eldridge has championed myriad environmental causes, including the protection of our precious water resources, the advancement of renewable energy, the fight against new gas and electric lines that bisect the state’s conservation areas, and the need to strengthen the protection of preserved land,” SVT Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard said. “He is one of SVT’s strongest allies in the State House.”

Founded in 1953, The Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust that works in 36 communities between Boston and Worcester to conserve land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basins. The trust cares for more than 4800 acres on 89 reservations and 75 Conservation Restrictions, maintaining more than 55 miles of trails.

In 1995, the SVT Board created the Distinguished Public Service Award to recognize a public servant who has demonstrated exceptional leadership on environmental issues at the local, state, or national level. Past recipients include Congressman Martin Meehan and Governor Deval Patrick.

At the 2017 Annual Meeting, SVT presented the Distinguished Public Service Award to Senator Eldridge. Senator Eldridge has represented a portion of SVT’s 36-town service area since 2001, first as a State Rep, and then, since 2009, as State Senator of the Middlesex and Worcester District.

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