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Faithful-Neighbors.pngThe YECA Neighbor Award for Climate Stewardship recognizes the actions of Christians of all ages across the country (with preference given to younger nominees) who are dedicated to the faithful stewardship of the earth and care for its inhabitants. The actions of Neighbor Award winners reflect the message of Romans 13:8-10 which states, “Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

Climate change is already impacting our neighbors and God’s creation here in the United States and around the world. For the sake of “the least of these,” we believe God is calling us to faithful action and witness in the midst of the current climate crisis. Neighbor Award winners have demonstrated their accountability for our neighbors by fighting the negative impacts of climate change and working towards a future in which all of God’s creation is cared for and lovingly sustained.

Read more about our award winners below. We will highlight a new award winner each month, each nominated by a friend, neighbor, or acquaintance.  Nominate someone you know by clicking below.

Nominate A Climate Leader

Nick Trombley
July "Neighbor Award" Winner

Nick Trombley is a recent graduate of Eastern University with a BS degree in Economic Development and Accounting and Finance. While at EU, Nick was president of Youth Against Complacency and Homelessness Today, a homeless ministry in Philadelphia, Earth Keepers, and The Humane League.

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Katie Thomason
June "Neighbor Award" Winner

Katie Thomason recently earned her MS degree from the University of Maryland, College Park where she studied sustainable development and conservation biology, particularly concerning land use and urban sprawl.

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Jeff Roessing
May "Neighbor Award" Winner

Jeff Roessing is the Director of Eighth Day Farm in Holland, MI, where he works to support small community agriculture and minister to the public through his non-profit organization.

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Curtis Witek
April "Neighbor Award" Winner

Curtis Witek is an Associate at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in Chicago, IL, a national non-profit organization which he describes as an “urban sustainability think and do tank”. Curtis works for RainReady, an initiative of CNT that helps communities become more resilient in the face of a changing climate.

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Kayla Cotterman
March "Neighbor Award" Winner

Kayla Cotterman is an MS student at Michigan State University studying the impacts of climate change on crop production and water availability in the Central High Plains region of the United States.

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Annie Lord
February "Neighbor Award" Winner

Annie Lord is an MS student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, where she studies water conservation and energy resources and oversees the Badger Catholic Club’s Vita Pura ministry.

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Paul Simonin
January "Neighbor Award" Winner

Paul Simonin is an aquatic ecologist at Cornell University working with the Environmental Change Initiative affiliated with the University of Notre Dame. He is formerly an Au Sable Graduate Fellow and is currently a visiting scientist with A Rocha.

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