Wood River High School teacher Erika Greenberg has been named a Cox Conserves Hero and awarded a $10,000 grant in recognition of her efforts.
Greenberg was announced as the local winner during a Sept. 30 community reception at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, where eight nominees were honored for their volunteerism on a range of conservation efforts in area.
Greenberg will continue in the national competition, which runs through Oct. 15 at coxconservesheroes.com/vote, where the public can vote online to help her possibly win an additional $50,000 for the nonprofit of her choice.
A panel of local leaders selected Greenberg for her work with the W.A.T.E.R. (We Appreciate the Earth’s Resources) club, serving as its volunteer leader for 10 years. According to a press release from Cox, Greenberg works during her own time to help develop student leaders dedicated to local causes, fostering environmental stewards for future generations.
Greenberg has directed the $10,000 grant to the Blaine County Education Foundation, which will designate the funds to support W.A.T.E.R. Club programming and outreach.
Celebrating its 11th year, the Cox Conserves Heroes program, offered by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land, honors environmental volunteers in nine states. In the Wood River Valley, the Cox Conserves Heroes program is supported by Cox Communications, which provides telecommunications and entertainment services.
The other Cox Conserves Heroes nominees were:
- David Anderson, for his dedication to Wood River Valley land conservation.
- Ron Fairfax, for his commitment to providing a safe and affordable community space at Hailey Ice/Campion Ice House.
- Susan Giannettino, for her enthusiastic volunteerism at nearly a dozen community organizations.
- Bob Knoebel, for his efforts with youth outings, responsible fishing and healthy habitats.
- Scott Runkel, for his advocacy with the Hailey Climate Action Coalition and personal commitment to sustainability.
- Jane Williams, for her volunteerism with Veggie RX.
- One additional volunteer nominee who wished to remain anonymous but devotes time to the Wood River YMCA.