The 2020 Community Sentinel Award for
Environmental Stewardship

About the Award

The 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship honors those who address the root causes of environmental injustice in the United States, with a strong focus on racial justice in the face of oil, gas, and petrochemical activity. The award recognizes the leadership of those standing up for their communities to protect the places they love. We invite you to join us in celebrating their honorable efforts at this year’s sixth annual Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship, a virtual awards ceremony hosted by FracTracker Alliance and Halt the Harm Network. 

For too long, the oil and gas industry has wreaked havoc on our landscapes and farms with millions of miles of dangerous pipelines, invaded neighborhoods with fracked wells, choked towns with noxious petrochemical emissions, littered streams littered with throwaway plastics, and accelerated the climate crises. But hope abounds in the thousands of volunteers working in their communities and cherished places to document, report, and confront such fossil fuel harms.

To honor these environmental heroes, FracTracker Alliance created the annual Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship, now in its sixth year, to celebrate individuals whose noble actions exemplify the transformative power of caring, committed, and engaged people. In collaboration with a supportive lineup of sponsors and partners, the award is presented to multiple recipients at a festive reception before a group of fellow activists and others who champion a healthy, sustainable future. Each awardee will also receive $1,000 in recognition of their efforts.

Additionally, each year during the Community Sentinel Award ceremony, we take a moment to honor environmental heroes who passed away in the previous year with the Legacy of Heroes recognition.

The 2020 Community Sentinel Award program will soon be announced, including plans for a fall ceremony and reception to be held the evening of Thursday, December 10th. The event will feature inspirational speakers, short video presentations, and of course, recognition and celebration of the Sentinel Award winners. The ceremony will be followed by optional virtual breakout rooms where attendees can mingle and give words of support to the award recipients.

More details are forthcoming!

Save the date!

The 2020 Community Sentinel Award ceremony will be held virtually on the evening of ​Thursday, December 10th.​ We welcome friends in the environmental justice movement from across the country to tune in to this special occasion.