By Vinny Spotleson
On Friday December 8, the Southern Nevada Group held our annual holiday pot luck at the Cambridge Recreation Center. The highlight of the event was that we were able to present Congresswoman Dina Titus with the 2023 Environmental Service Award.
This award honors persons in public service for a particular action of singular importance to the environment or environmental justice. Although the club may award up to three individuals annually from throughout the country, this year Rep. Titus was the sole recipient of this prestigious award. The Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club (of which the Southern Nevada Group is part) nominated Representative Titus for the Sierra Club Environmental Achievement Award in recognition of her tireless work over the past few years in leading efforts to designate the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument (Nevada’s newest national monument!). The monument protects more than 500,000 acres of biologically diverse and culturally significant lands in southern Nevada.
All of us in the Southern Nevada Group think of Representative Titus as a friend of the club and the environment, and we are grateful for the work she has done towards establishing the monument and in making our area a better place to live. Due to her schedule in Congress, she was unable to attend the ceremony in Chicago in September where the Sierra Club awards were presented. So we were delighted that she joined our gathering this, and was our pleasure to present Representative Titus the Sierra Club’s national Environmental Achievement Award!