Tom Webber of 4H Million Trees, a community service project conceived by a member of the Pacifica, California 4-H Club, nominated Adams for the Cox Conserves Hero Award, an awards program created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) that honors volunteers who create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities.
Adams is now one of three finalists for the award, and on Wednesday, Aug. 28, KTVU Channel 2 will announce the finalists on the noon newscast, opening up voting from the public.
The top vote getter will receive a $10,000 award for the charity of their choice. Second and third places will receive $2,500 for the charity of their choice.
Voting will run from Aug. 28 through Sept. 26. Place your vote by clicking here.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for us to promote the work of the Pacifica Beach Coalition and all of Pacifica for the amazing efforts we have made to clean up our town and help the environment," said Adams. "It will also help us to spread news of this work around the country with the hopes that others will adopt and act on our model to engage citizens and reduce litter.”
Since Adams started leading Pacifica’s Earth Day and Coastal Cleanup Day events in 2005, over 43,000 volunteers have collected more than 130,000 pounds of trash, recycling and greenwaste from just these two events.
With your vote, Adams could bring this award home to Pacifica for the second time in three years. Naftali Moed won it in 2011 for teaching fellow high school students the value of organic gardening and sustainable agriculture. He led the creation of 10 garden beds, a chicken house and an outdoor classroom space. The garden is a living lab for science classes and a source of food for nutrition classes at Oceana High School. As Moed's environmental nonprofit of choice, Pie Ranch received $5,000.
If she wins, Adams says the money would go to the Pacifica Beach Coalition's Earth Day 2014 activities.
“This is so exciting for me and while I feel awkward asking for people to vote for me I think it is an amazing opportunity to share our work with everyone,” said Adams, “and I know the Pacifica Beach Coalition could surely use the money.”
Place your vote for Lynn Adams here now. Voting is limited to once per person and ends at 5 p.m. on Sept. 26. The winner will be announced on Oct. 10.