We are so excited to announce that Stuart Conway, our co-founder and International Director, has been awarded the Francis K. Hutchinson Medal from the Garden Club of America (GCA), the highest conservation award from the GCA.
Since 1940, the GCA has awarded this medal to figures of national importance for their distinguished service to conservation in America and abroad. Stuart shares this medal with some of the most prominent environmental leaders of our time, including Rachel Carson, Walt Disney, Stewart Udall, Edward O. Wilson, Lady Bird Johnson, and The Rockefeller Family. With this medal, the Garden Club of America brings awareness to the importance of environmental leadership in America.
Stuart accepted the award on April 30th in Indianapolis, and, in his acceptance speech, he said “This award offers me moment to look back on my path to becoming a conservationist, especially the last 13 years of my life that I have devoted to Trees, Water & People.”
As International Director of Trees, Water & People, Stuart has helped to plant over 4 million trees and build over 46,000 fuel-efficient cookstoves throughout Central America and Haiti. Before starting TWP, Stuart served for eight years as the Director of the Washington D.C. based New Forests Project where he initiated community reforestation projects in Central America, Haiti, Ethiopia, and the Philippines, planting 16 million trees. He also established two Regional Agro-forestry Training centers in Guatemala and El Salvador.
About Garden Club of America
The Garden Club of America (GCA) is a non-profit national organization comprised of more than 17,500 members of GCA clubs who dedicate their energies and expertise to projects in their communities and across the nation. Founded in 1913, the GCA is a recognized national leader in the fields of horticulture, conservation and civic improvement.