A Nyack woman well known for her efforts to improve the environment was honored during a presentation Tuesday at Kennedy Dells County Park.
Peggy Kurtz was named the recipient of the 2013 County Executive’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award, with a Serviceberry tree dedicated in her honor by .
“Peggy Kurtz has made a name for herself as an environmental activist in our community by working tirelessly to protect our natural resources,” Vanderhoef said. “On behalf of all Rocklanders, thank you to Peggy Kurtz for her commitment to our Rockland environment.”
Kurtz serves as president of the Rockland Sierra Club and is a founder of the Rockland Water Coalition. She advocates for smart water and energy use, good water quality and recycling, along with educating people about climate change and how they can help address the problems.
She encouraged the county to support the national Sierra Club’s Cool Cities/Cool Counties initiative to promote energy efficiency by signing onto the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Kurtz has also served on a town of Clarkstown committee to recommend ways to protect the environment, including using green cleaning products, purchasing hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles and retrofitting buildings with energy saving devices.
Kurtz has been a leader in the effort to promote water conservation and sensible water use and management and has joined with like-minded people who oppose as currently unnecessary the proposed multi-million dollar United Water New York Hudson River treatment plant.
Kurtz’s name will be added to a plaque featuring previous environmental award recipients that is permanently displayed in the Rockland County Executive’s Office.