Professor Grima Receives International Conservation Award for Protecting the Great Lakes

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 3:37:29 AM

Lino Grima accepting, third from left, accepting the Sherman Award

Professor Lino Grima (third from left) of School of the Environment accepts the Sherman award from the Sierra Club in a ceremony on Ward's Island, Toronto

Professor Lino Grima, founding Canadian Co-Chair of the Sierra Club Bi-National Great Lakes Committee (BGLC) was awarded the Raymond J. Sherman International Award in honour of his extraordinary volunteer service toward international conservation, and foremost, for defending the Great Lakes from human-caused changes in water levels, invasive species and pollution.

The work of the BGLC is an outstanding example of how citizen organisations can work across borders to protect shared ecosystems. Wayne Howard, the US co-chair of the BGLC, was the co-recipient of the 2016 Sherman award. Through the years there have been a myriad of issues that required their coordination on both research and advocacy. These issues include the establishment of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Compact/Agreement in 2008, Great Lakes water levels, the threat of Asian carp, harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, recent pipeline and nuclear waste issues, and the Waukesha Diversion.

The Sierra Club is a US environmental organization, with the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation as a sister organization, that has chapters across Canada, active in promoting nature, the outdoors, use of clean energy as well as safeguarding community health, protecting wildlife, and preserving our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action.

Find out more about Professor Grima's award