Mansfield's Robin Organ at Green Schools Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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MANSFIELD – The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Robin Organ at Green Schools, an environmental education and youth organization in Mansfield, has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards are given each year to outstanding nonprofit organizations and professionals in the Commonwealth as part of MNN’s Nonprofit Awareness Day, a statewide holiday recognizing the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.

Organ has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Leadership for her role founding Green Schools.

With school buildings across the state aging, presenting air quality and other environmental concerns to both students and teachers, Organ recognized the need to leverage youth engagement to create healthy green environments in the schools they attend.

Since its inception under Organ’s leadership, Green Schools has grown to engage over 112 schools in MA (and in 22 other states) and has more than tripled the hours of service its Student Ambassadors have provided across the Commonwealth.  Ms. Organ recently attended the first ever White House Environmental Summit on Environmental Education (only a dozen organizations around the country were invited to attend). Not only has Ms. Organ transformed her passion for environmental education into a reality, but Green Schools’ impact has created healthier learning environments for students around the Commonwealth.

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in the Southeast,” said Georgia Antonopoulos, Director at the Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill College. “Finalists like Robin Organ represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

Excellence Award finalists and winners are nominated by community members and their peers and are selected by an independent panel of nonprofit leaders. This year, MNN received 122 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations.

“Nonprofit Awareness Day was created to recognize the essential role that over 25,000 statewide nonprofits, with nearly a half million employees, play in our lives,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “These finalists represent the very best of this critical sector.”

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners will be celebrated at the 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration on June 11 at the Massachusetts State House.

Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo will all serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event will be emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. For more information about Nonprofit Awareness Day and to register to attend, visit bit.ly/NPAD2012.