Dr. James Utter, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Purchase College, received the Green Achievement Award from Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus October 25. The award recognizes the work of individuals and corporations who are making strides to help sustain and protect the environment.
“Our Green Achievement Awards are our way of recognizing those who have gone the extra mile to preserve and protect the environment,” said County Executive Steinhaus. This is the first year the awards were granted.
Dr. Utter was recognized in the Individual Category for his efforts and work as chairman of Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS), which is dedicated to the preservation of the 6,000 acre, 20-mile long Great Swamp. He has brought together more than 15 local organizations and individuals, who have worked to obtain easements and ownership protection for hundreds of Great Swamp acres, funded by federal grants and private donations. Successful grant applications have totaled over $3 million. Dr. Utter’s tireless leadership of FrOGS has worked to make the numerous benefits of the Great Swamp widely known in Dutchess County and beyond.
This was the second honor Dr. Utter has received in October. On the 19th, he received the 2007 Community Leadership Award by the Board of Directors of Camp Herrlich in Patterson, N.Y. for his leadership of FrOGS.