‘Community Catalyst Award’ Presented to Jon Binhammer

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People / Sep. 28, 2017 9:13am EDT


Jon Binhammer, Nutting Community Catalyst Award recipient, at right, with State Director for The Nature Conservancy, Heather Furman. (Provided) Jon Binhammer, Nutting Community Catalyst Award recipient, at right, with State Director for The Nature Conservancy, Heather Furman. (Provided) Brookfield resident Jon Binhammer, director of land protection for The Nature Conservancy, was recognized at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) on September 19, when he received the John Nutting Community Catalyst Award. These awards are only given every few years to individuals who have made exceptional and significant contributions to the mission of VHCB.

The Community Catalyst Award recognizes Vermonters who have provided inspiration in their communities, providing hundreds of hours of effort and determination to improve the lives of Vermonters, and was named for John Nutting, an original VHCB Board member appointed in 1987 to represent the interests of low-income Vermonters.

Past recipients of the award include Alex Wylie, retired agricultural director for the Vermont Land Trust; Elisabeth Kulas, executive director of the Housing Trust of Rutland County; and a handful of other community leaders including Beverly Major, Sister Lucille Bonvouloir, and Jeff Meyers.

Binhammer has dedicated his 26-year career at The Nature Conservancy to protecting Vermont’s natural communities. He has led the permanent protection of over 26,000 acres statewide, and helped conserve some of Vermont’s most special and cherished places, such as Green River Reservoir and Black Mountain.

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