Annual Awards

2021 KRC AWARDS

Nominations are now open for the Sue Anne Salmon Community Advocacy Award and the Winnie Hepler Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Read below for descriptions of these awards 

Nominate someone you believe has had a positive impact on enviornmental protection and justice by clicking here or using the form below. 

 

 
 
The recipients of
Kentucky Resources Council's
Annual Awards are voted
on by the Board of Directors. 
 
These Awards are a formal 
acknowledgment of the
recipient's dedication to
advancing justice and equity
in community health and
environmental policies and 
protecting Kentucky's built
and natural environments.

SUE ANNE SALMON COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD

On January 9, 2010, the Board of the Kentucky Resources Council  authorized the first award ever given by KRC. The  “Sue Anne Salmon Community Advocacy Award,”  is intended to recognize those who demonstrate principled and courageous environmental advocacy for the betterment of community and the environment, as Sue Anne did for her whole life. Sue Anne “smiled from ear to ear” when she learned of the award, according to her sister Lucy. Sue Anne died on January 13, 2010 after a six-year battle with ovarian cancer. 

This award is to be given to honor and recognize recent, outstanding acts of community advocacy in a way that advances environmental justice in Kentucky.


2020 SUE ANNE SALMON COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD WINNER: CASSIA HERRON

The Board of the Kentucky Resources Council is proud to bestow the 2020 Sue Anne Salmon Community Advocacy Award on Cassia Herron, who through her many advocacy efforts has demonstrated principled and courageous effort for the betterment of the community and the environment.

Cassia is someone who has a long history of connecting food justice, environmental justice, and statewide agricultural system reform. She has worked with the Community Farm Alliance, is currently Chair of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and is spearheading the drive for a community-owned grocery (Louisville Community Grocery). 

Learn more about the Louisville Community Grocery.


WINNIE HEPLER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The second award, which is new this year, will be bestowed annually on an individual whose life’s work has shown the dedication, selfless commitment to nature and others, and courage to speak against injustice, as has been the life’s essence of the individual for whom the new award is named: Winnie Hepler.

In 2019, the Board of the Kentucky Resources Council established a new award to be bestowed annually on an individual whose life's work has shown the dedication, selfless commitment to nature, the and courage to speak against injustice, as has been the life's essence of the individual for whom the new award was named: Winnie Hepler.

From walking in the picket line in support of civil rights in Louisville in the 1960s to her arrest for trespassing at the construction site of the Marble Hill nuclear power plant in 1977; from her early advocacy for air pollution control in Louisville to her work in 2004 and 2005 as a member of the Justice Resource Center and Rubbertown Emergency ACTion towards instituting and then defending an air toxics control program in Louisville; from her work with coalfield residents in the late 1960s in support of a ban on surface coal mining, to her presence at an EPA hearing on mining-related pollution in 2012, Winnie Hepler has been a polestar in the horizon of faithful advocates for justice.


2020 WINNIE HEPLER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER: WENDELL BERRY

The Board of the Kentucky Resources Council is proud to bestow the 2020 Winnie Hepler Lifetime Achievement Award on Wendell Berry, who through his lifetime of writing and advocacy efforts has demonstrated principled and courageous commitment to the betterment of the community and the environment.

Wendell, a past winner of the Sue Anne Salmon Community Advocacy Award, (and a friend and former teacher to Sue Anne) is a poet, novelist, activist, teacher, mentor, environmentalist, and farmer. For decades, Wendell has lived a life and patterned for others a philosophy that values quality over quantity, community over individual aggrandizement, justice over greed, community health over individual profit, and which has shown what it means to truly live sustainably, justly, and morally.   We are blessed by the example that Wendell (and his wife and co-conspirator for justice Tanya) have set for us. Winnie would have approved wholeheartedly of the choice - as we recall both she and Wendell were arrested at the 1977 Marble Hill protest!


PAST WINNERS

Past recipients of the Sue Anne Salmon Community AdvocacyAward include:

  • Aloma Dew
  • Corinne Whitehead
  • Wendell Berry
  • Chris Schimmoeller
  • Alice Howell
  • Winnie Hepler
  • Cassia Herron, 2020
The Winnie Hepler Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded for the first time in 2020. 
  • Wendell Berry, 2020
"It is Winnie's selfless and loving care for creation and her love of justice, that have marked her life."
- Tom FitzGerald, KRC Director