Friday, November 18, 2011

The Hero Next Door

These people aren't running for office, they aren't asking for your soul and they certainly aren't doing it for the fame. They are my 2012 Health Heroes Next Door!

They spend their Saturdays selling organic produce. They make sure your river and parks are safe. They give your kids jobs in environmental sustainability and they do it all in the name of community, health and environment.

1. Autumn Saxton Ross, Washington Parks and Green Spaces
Dr. Autumn Saxton Ross organized a massive campaign to get people back to using Marvin Gaye Park in NE. Before Autumn, the park had a reputation as hang out for heroin addicts and alcoholics. Autumn used the same passion and energy to create a new organization called Green Spaces. Green Spaces will work to highlight the role of park spaces in public health policy and community development.

Autumn Saxton Ross, Co Founder Green Spaces DC

2. Chris Bradshaw, Dreaming Out Loud
Chris is the new face of social entrepreneurship and has no shame in making personal sacrifices to ensure the fulfillment of his dream, healthy access to fresh organic food East of the River. The Howard University alum created the organization aptly named Dreaming Out Loud to offer up healthy alternatives to the cornerstore clutter that pollutes most urban low income neighborhoods.

His Ghanian-inspired Aya Community Market fuses traditional West African principles with a modern pragmatic implementation through dietary consciousness and wellness.

Chris Bradshaw, Founder
Dreaming Out Loud
920 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

3.  Brent Bolin, Anacostia Watershed Society 
Brent Bolin is the Director of Advocacy for the Anacostia Watershed Society. Since 1989, Brent has worked to clean up the Anacostia River and address toxins that affect neighborhoods along the river. Brent keeps the community informed through social media and by holding federal and local entities accountable. Bolin argues that "if we want adequate community input, then we need to start talking to the community."

 Stay current on cleaning up the Anacostia and follow Brent on twitter @bcbolin

Brent Bolin Anacostia Watershed Society
The George Washington House
4302 Baltimore Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20710

4. Dennis Chestnut, Center for Green Urbanism
The Godfather of the River East Green Movement, Dennis Chestnut, helped launch Groundwork Anacostia. Mr. Chestnut's work and commitment employs youth, empowers communities and builds a legacy based on nature. He is instrumental in the creation of the Center for Green Urbanism in NE and was recently honored for his work on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

Dennis Chestnut, Executive Director

3938 Benning Road NE
Washington, DC 20019
tele: 202-506-3867

Center for Green Urbanism
3938 Benning Road NE
  • Washington, DC 20019
  • Phone: 202-506-3867

5. Irv Sheffey- Sierra Club
New York Native, Irv Sheffey came to DC with a background in homeless and youth advocacy. His work with the historic Sierra Club helped to generate dialogue on the new SE Circulator route and the ongoing Anacostia Museum Smithsonian talk on using the Anacostia River as an urban waterway.

Irv Sheffey
Associate Regional Representative - Washington DC
Environmental Justice & Community Partnerships Program
Sierra Club
3101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE  No. 314
WashingtonDC 20020
tel:   202-575-1469
cell:  202-299-6503

Is there someone missing that you think deserves a little TLC? Nominate them for the first River East Emerging Leaders (R.E.E.L.) Service Awards:

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