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Gilman to be honored with environmental award in Vail

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – On Feb. 11 at Walking Mountains’ premier fundraiser Open That Bottle Night, Megan Gilman, president and co-founder of Active Energies, will be recognized for her contribution to the community with the presentation of the 2012 Founders Stewardship Award.

The Founders Stewardship Award annually recognizes someone in our community who inspires environmental stewardship, encourages fellow citizens to care about the natural world and provides solutions that address or mitigate a natural resource issue. Gilman’s work exemplifies the award’s criteria and she embodies the spirit of Walking Mountains’ mission to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship.

Since 2004, Gilman has been an ambassador for the environment in Eagle County. Actives Energies has steadily grown from their fledgling beginnings in 2006 to serve the valley through various programs in energy audits, energy consulting and solar design. Gilman also shares her environmental knowledge as the teacher of a sustainability course at Colorado Mountain College. She currently serves on the board of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability as president, and through Active Energies is committed to philanthropic endeavors that promote global renewable energy.

The nominees included: John Gitchell, Energy Smart Program administrator; Cassie Pence, co-owner of Organic Housekeepers and writer about all things sustainable and “green”; and, Walking Mountains’ own Doug Dusenberry who serves as the organization’s capital campaign director.

Previous award recipients include environmentalist Caroline Bradford; teacher Ted James; students Holly Domke and Tucker Cocchiarella; Vail Resorts Senior Mountain Environmental Affairs Manager, Luke Carton; and, in 2011, Eagle County’s Environmental Policy Planner, Adam Palmer.

As Walking Mountains signature annual event, Open That Bottle Night is being held once again at The Arrabelle at Vail Square.

Only a few tickets remain for the event. Contact Tiffani Adams 970-827-9725, extension 110, or for more information.

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