Sue Walker Receives Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award
Sue Walker from Sandwich, Massachusetts was presented the Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award on July 14, 2005, at the EPA Community Involvement Conference and Training that was held in Buffalo, New York. This award was created to recognize an individual or a community group for making a contribution to a Superfund cleanup through their constructive participation and exceptional dedication, and their leadership skills and creativity.
Ms. Walker is involved in the cleanup of the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) site on Cape Cod. One of the things that stands out about Ms. Walker is her exceptional dedication. She has been a key and visible community advocate for cleanup at the MMR site for 23 years. She has a reputation for never missing a meeting, and has attended literally hundreds of meetings.
Though she is well versed on the technical issues at the MMR site, she has chosen to stay focused on ensuring there is a strong community involvement process in place at the site that allows for constructive public participation in the site cleanup. Ms. Walker was an advocate for establishing the Public Information Team, a citizen advisory team which separates the community involvement component from the technical site issues. Ms. Walker wrote a document called "Community Involvement: Lessons Learned" that is based on her many years of experience.
Ms. Walker brings to the table her leadership, and ability to develop other team members as community leaders. She exemplifies citizen excellence in community involvement through her efforts to reach out to local non-profits and individuals in an effort to bring in new volunteers to the MMR citizen advisory teams.
She has worked closely with EPA and the state to develop one of the largest and most politically active community involvement programs at any Superfund site. EPA congratulates Ms. Walker on her many accomplishments at the MMR site.