WakeUP Receives Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award

WakeUP Receives Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award

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Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Karen Rindge and Jennifer Dean, WakeUP Wake County


The top honor at 10th Annual Raleigh Environmental Awards ceremony

In recognition of WakeUP Wake County’s leadership ensuring passage of the Wake transit referendum last year, the non-profit received the signature Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award at a public ceremony last night with Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.  For years, WakeUP has led public outreach and coalition efforts to build support for expanding public transit, and in 2016 WakeUP was instrumental in coordinating the Moving Wake County Forward transit referendum campaign.  The voter approved sales tax will fund the Wake Transit Plan to triple bus service, create bus rapid transit and commuter rail.


“WakeUP is honored to receive this award.  Better transit will improve air and water quality, improve the environment and public health, increase access to jobs and opportunity, and plan for our rapid population growth,” said Karen Rindge, Executive Director of WakeUP Wake County.  “We knew if our community was to see better public transit, we would need to galvanize support across the county and develop support over several years.  Many organizations, community leaders and businesses helped secure the victory, and this award is really dedicated to many people.”


The Environmental Stewardship Award is the signature award given annually.