The Environmentalist of the Year Awards committee is awarding Peter Hutton with the Betty Blashill Environmental Prize for lifelong dedication to environmental protection and social justice. I can't think of a more deserving recipient.
Peter helped found OPIRG McMaster and was an early member of Clear Hamilton of Pollution, the first local organization to raise awareness of pollution and a precursor to the Conserver Society of Hamilton.
He was also a founder of the Hamilton Disarmament Coalition, served for several years of the Ontario Environmental Network, and co-chaired the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice, for which he remains a member of the board of directors.
Today, Peter represents the Hamilton Social Justice Coalition at the Hamilton Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, is the treasurer of Hamiltonians for Progressive Development and the Hamilton Transit Users Group (where I have the pleasure of working with him as a coordinator), serves as a member of the city's Transit Steering Committee, volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail and is also involved with the city's low-income transit subsidy program.
The award is given in memory of Betty Blashill, "to honour of her exemplary behind-the-scenes work on behalf of many environmental organisations and her long term efforts to minimize her personal ecological footprint."
Peter will receive the award tonight at the 30th annual Environmentalists of the Year Awards Dinner.
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