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Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability

The Rockefeller Foundation announced today the winners of the 2012 Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability, an annual $10,000 cash scholarship awarded to two New York City public high school seniors.

The winners – Cecil Brooks, Jr., a student at South Bronx Preparatory School Academy, and Awa Sow, a student at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School – were selected based on their academic and extracurricular commitment to environmental stewardship within the urban context, as demonstrated through their development and execution of sustainability-themed projects.

Inaugurated by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust, and MillionTreesNYC, the Wangari Maathai Award was established in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai. Dr. Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a visionary environmentalist, and founder of the Green Belt Movement – a tree-planting campaign to promote sustainable development, woman’s empowerment, and democracy in Kenya.

The selection jury consisted of members of The Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Restoration Project, the Fund for Public Schools, the Greenbelt Movement, and MillionTreesNYC.

The awards will be handed out at the Municipal Art Society’s Annual Meeting February 26, 2013.

The Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation and Sustainability is administered by the Municipal Art Society of New York.  For more information, see The Rockefeller Foundation website at