Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash is the recipient of the Sierra Club’s 2015 Jane Elder Environmentalist of the Year Award. The award was present to Commissioner Nash in a ceremony on October 1st in Royal Oak.
The Jane Elder Environmentalist of the Year award is given annually by the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club to the political figure who has done the most to protect Michigan’s environment. During the presentation, Sierra Club spokespersons recognized Nash for his actions in “protecting the environment of Oakland County (and by extension all of Michigan and the Great Lakes) by making sure our waters are clean and natural.” They mentioned his town halls across the region on “fracking” that have succeeded in educating many people on the dangers of unfettered and loosely regulated gas and oil drilling and the threats to our water supplies. They also praised Commissioner Nash for his office programs to educate our children on environmental and water related issues with the river and water festivals he sponsors annually.
“I learned environmentalism from my father, who learned it from President Theodore Roosevelt,” said Jim Nash. “Nothing is more important than protecting the Earth and her resources for future generations,” he said.
The Sierra Club also thanked Nash for his efforts as a county commissioner making Oakland County’s buildings more energy efficient, and thus, greener.