Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman is among those to be honored for their environment stewardship Saturday by the Great River Greening nonprofit group, which restores natural areas and open spaces.
Coleman, who was St. Paul mayor in the early 1990s, gets the Founders Awards for his environmental work in the capital city and for supporting those who formed Great River Greening and began restoration projects along the Mississippi River.
The Great River Greening group presents the awards at its “Million Shades of Green Gala” fundraiser Saturday at Southview Country Club in St. Paul.
Other award winners, and reasons for the honors, are:
3M — Corporate Environmental Steward of the Year — because of its commitment to both the community and the environment.
Tiller Corp. — Environmental Business of the Year — for its community partnership with the reclamation of more than 500 acres of Maple Grove’s 2,000-acre gravel-mining area.
City of Mendota Heights — Environmental Community Partner of the Year — for preservation and restoration of Pilot Knob.
The Trust for Public Land — Non-Profit Environmental Steward of the Year — also for its work on the Pilot Knob site. It worked with others to acquire the original 8.5 acres of Pilot Knob.
Patsy Huberty — Individual Environmental Steward of the Year — for tireless volunteering at more than 62 restoration events, and her work with youth through Great River Greening’s Natural Areas Teen Network.
Richard Hamilton Smith — Landscape Photographer of the Year — because of his international stature as a landscape and wildlife photographer.
Bonnie Rubinstein — Landscape Artist of the Year — for her work including “River Fusion,” a 20-foot glass sculptural representation of the Kinnickinnic River, which is installed at the UW-River Falls Student Center.