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ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Initiated in 1975, this award recognizes people who, directly or indirectly, have made outstanding efforts defending critical regional resources, or advancing their better stewardship.
Denny Rosatti, Executive Director, Sonoma County Conservation Action
Nominated by: Bill Kortum, SCCA president emeritus, David Keller, former Petaluma city councilmember, and Sheri Cardo, former SCCA board member

Denny Rosatti has devoted every day since his arrival from Pennsylvania more than a decade ago to the environmental and political challenges facing Sonoma County. As Executive Director of Sonoma County Conservation Action, Denny has worked tirelessly and collaboratively to make Sonoma County a better place to live by taking leadership roles in getting SMART passed, enacting green building standards, reauthorizing the Open Space District, slowing the clear-cutting of forests for vineyards through a county timberlands ordinance, building a comprehensive county water management plan, renewing urban growth boundaries, fighting Big Box stores, founding the Accountable Development Coalition, combating the Dutra asphalt plant, leading progressive council candidates to victory, and so much more.

Denny also spent two years on the County Fish and Wildlife Commission and was elected to the Harmony Union School Board, which has the county’s top public environmental education program and which, during his tenure, built the state’s first LEED-Platinum certified public school building.

Last year, Denny dedicated SCCA’s ground crew full-time to Susan Gorin’s campaign for Supervisor. This strategy is widely credited with making the key difference in the election, and resulted — finally— in a board with a progressive and environmental majority, thus ensuring a huge, positive effect on our local environment for decades to com
Ken Wells, Executive Director, Sonoma County Trails Council
Nominated by: Elisa Stancil, Jack London Lake Alliance, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association and Eleanor Guerin

Ken has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Sonoma County environment since his arrival here in 1992. While serving as the County's Integrated Waste Manager from 1992 to 2008, Ken led implementation of the County's nationally-recognized composting, blue-bin recycling, and renewable energy projects at the Central Landfill and became known as the godfather of the local Climate Protection Campaign.

After serving on the Board of the Sonoma County Trails Council for 18 years, Ken became the Executive Director of the SCTC in 2010. Under Ken's leadership, the SCTC has recently stepped up to be the local non-profit maintaining trails with volunteers in Annadel, Sugarloaf Ridge and Jack London State Parks. Ken has won international recognition for bringing together community partners to build and maintain trails that demonstrate best practices in alleviating erosion, while creating an opportunity for people to directly give back to the parks they love and improving our outdoor experiences every day.

With an enduring passion for reducing human impacts on our planet, he continues as the Sierra Club's rep on the AB939 Local Task Force and works behind the scenes on garbage, waste stream reduction and sustainability issues. We all benefit from the work Ken is doing, whether it's being able to compost your green waste, recycling at home and work or out enjoying the trails in our parks.