The Nature Conservancy's LEAF Student Awards Ceremony

Made Possible by the Toyota USA Foundation

NEW YORK, NY | November 09, 2010

Join The Nature Conservancy and the Toyota USA Foundation for the 16th Annual Student Awards Ceremony for the Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program, and hear firsthand from the 2010 youth participants and special guests.  The event will honor the sixty nine urban youth and mentors who spent their summer living, working, and playing in nature for the first time in their lives. Along with the Conservancy staff, they are eager to share the lessons they learned in conservation, cultural exchange, teamwork, and individual responsibility. 

Participants will include:

  • Brian McPeek, Director, The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region
  • Patricia Salas Pineda, Group Vice President, Toyota Motor North America
  • Joe Gleberman, Chair, The Nature Conservancy’s New York State Board of Trustees
  • Brigitte Griswold, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Youth Programs
  • Wendy Paulson, Environmental Educator
  • Darryl Banks, The Nature Conservancy’s New York Deputy State Director, Strategy and External Affairs
  • Selected Students, Educators and Principals from Environmental High Schools

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Thomson Reuters
3 Times Square
Carnegie Hall, 30th Floor
New York City

For more information, visit  For media credentials, please contact Shawna Seldon at 212-255-7541 or

About the Toyota USA Foundation
The Toyota USA Foundation is a $100 million charitable endowment created to support education programs serving kindergarten through 12th grade students and their teachers in the United States, with an emphasis on mathematics, science and environmental science. More information about the Toyota USA Foundation.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

Contact information

Rachel Winters
(212) 381-2190

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