March 7, 2018

Kristen Trovillion Named WMEAC's 2018 Woman of Inspiration

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) announced the 2018 Women and the Environment Hidden Heroine Awards Recipients. This year marks the 7th annual Hidden Heroine Award Ceremony, presented at the Peggy Shepard Keynote Speaker & Awards Reception on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Congratulations to Grand Rapids Public Schools' Kristen Trovillion who was awarded the 2018  Woman of Inspiration Award. 

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) announced the 2018 Women and the Environment Hidden Heroine Awards Recipients. This year marks the 7th annual Hidden Heroine Award Ceremony, presented at the Peggy Shepard Keynote Speaker & Awards Reception on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Congratulations to Grand Rapids Public Schools' Kristen Trovillion who was awarded the 2018  Woman of Inspiration Award.  

The 2018 Woman of Vision is awarded to Angela Fox. This award honors a woman who is a veteran in environmental activism. Through her hard work, determination, diverse experience, and leadership, Angela has built a wide-spanning legacy of environmental advocacy, greatly impacting the conditions of neighborhoods and communities throughout West Michigan. As a life-long environmental front-runner, the Woman of Vision award is a tribute to Angela who is a visionary deeply rooted in environmental justice.

The 2018 Woman of Inspiration is awarded to Kristen Trovillion. This award honors a woman at the forefront of the current environmental movement. As a contemporary environmental leader, Kristen also brings seasoned environmental experience and motivation to those around her, embodying inspiration through environmental advocacy and justice efforts.

The 2018 Woman of Hope is awarded to Tabitha Williams. This award honors a foreword-looking, up-and-coming environmental advocate who represents hope for environment activism and an equitable society. Tabitha provides environmental engagement through her fresh voice and diverse perspective to the ongoing efforts to improve the environment.

“It is important to honor the Hidden Heroines in our community, who are in the trenches doing environmental justice work. There were many nominations for these prestigious awards this year, and each woman nominated does so much good for our community. We are excited to acknowledge the 2018 winners at this year’s Women and the Environment Symposium!” said WMEAC Director of Development, Mary Robinson.

WMEAC hopes the symposium will not only raise awareness of environmental issues, but also inspire women and men to advocate for environmental issues that affect our neighborhoods and communities. The 7th annual Women and the Environment Symposium is sponsored by Paradigm Design, Yesterdog, Brewery Vivant, Steelcase, Women’s Lifestyle, Hungry Architecture, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, Clothing Matters, Grand Valley State University Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Grand Valley State University Office of Sustainability Practices, Grand Valley State University Division of Inclusion and Equity, The Rapid, Renae Hesselink, Dominican Sisters, Congress for the New Urbanism, Aquinas College Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center, and Past Perfect.