For over a decade Rural Action has honored the people, businesses, and organizations that teach us how to live and work in greater harmony with Earth and with each other. Each year, during our annual meeting we recognize those who create new models for living with respect to the earth and its systems that others can follow; have a generous spirit and willingly share knowledge, experiences, and personal resources with others; and leave the world a better place because of their personal and professional behavior.

2023 nominations are now closed.

Below is a list of award recipients from previous years.


Year Rural Action Volunteer
Youth K-12
Sustainable Business
Sustainable Partnership
Lifetime Achievement
2023 Alice Ross Kyla Britton and Julia Slivus Jackie O’s Brewery OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Art Trese
2022 Kathy Ortt Lane Wasson Rick Felumlee, Mayapple Farms SOPEC Jonathan Sowash
2021 Jenny Byers Alison McCoy New Leaf Marketplace/Emporium (Jennifer L’Heureux) Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C) (Allison Ricket) John Glazer & Bobbi Bishop
2020 Andrea Jones Julia Weber McKee Auto Parts and Recyclers Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers (Bruce Underwood) Cathy Knoop
2019 Linda Parsons Hannah Bernstein Shrivers Pharmacy (Bobbie Loudner) United Plant Savers (Susan Leopold) George Wood
2018 Debbie Robertson Alexis Kuhre Haag Casa Nueva Ohio Department of Natural Resources-DMRM Edward Newman
Year Sustainable Livelihood
Sustainable Business
Sustainable Partnership
Lifetime Achievement
2017 Jim Hart Airclaws Camp Oty’ Okwa Pete Woyar
2016 Ann Moneypenny OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Community Food Initiatives Carol Kuhre
2015 Weston Lombard RVC Architects Athens County City Schools (Tom Gibbs) Joy Padgett
2014 Matt Rapposelli Mt. Airy Beef
(Ben & Katrina Carpenter)
Hocking College Frank & Catherine Hare
2013 Dave Schatz Green Edge Organic Gardens
(Kip and Becky Rondy)
Trimble Local Schools Jeanne and Luther Haseley
2012 Ed Newman Avalanche Pizza
(John Gutekanst)
Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Don and Mary Anne Flournoy
2011 Miki Brooks Snowville Creamery
(Warren Taylor)
ACEnet Bruce Kuhre
2010 Robert A. Culp Moore’s Shoe Repair Stuarts Opera House Patrica West-Volland Robert Volland (Posthumous for Bob)
2009 Annie and Jay Warmke Integration Acres
(Chris Chmiel)
Phil Cantino Lyda Gunter
2008 Greg Kremer Kroger (Dave Schull, Athens Store) Marshall and Betty Lowe
2007 Ronda Clark Athens Realty
(Wil Chandler)
Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council Mary Stoertz (Posthumous)
2006 Gifford Doxsee Village Bakery
(Christine Hughes)
Wayne National Forest
2005 Jon Sowash Rich Gardens
(Rich Tomsu & Ann Fugate)
Ohio Field Office Of The Corporation For National Community Service Ora Anderson
2004 Jan Griesinger WATH Radio Station ILGARD