Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel
Eric is the Executive Director and Founder of MEVO one of the most awesome youth lead environmental organizations in the Northern New Jersey region. In his day to day work at MEVO Eric has a very eclectic job. On any given day you can find him planting seeds and driving the tractor at the MEVO Fresh Roots Farm, working in the office applying for grants and meeting with community partners, or knee deep in mud hauling tires and trash out of the forests of Stag Hill. He graduated from the New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study majoring in Ecological Sustainability and Social Change with a minor in Environmental Studies. He has worked for many environmental organizations such as City Growers, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Greenpeace, AmeriCorps, Rockland Conservation & Service Corps, and the Energy Action Coalition. He has worked internationally, in the summer of 2011; Eric went to the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains and studied eastern Himalayan forests and rural livelihoods with the School for Field Studies. Among the many honors Eric has received for his work thus far, in 2014 he was declared a “New Jersey Hero,” by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie; he is the 29th New Jersey Hero to date. That same year he was also awarded the National Jefferson Award for Public Service, “The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities.” The Jefferson Award is positioned as the, “Nobel Prize for Public Service,” and is considered the nation’s highest honor for community service; Eric is one of only two hundred people in the world since 1974 to receive this award. Recently, Eric received the 2016 Excellence in Environmental Education Award from the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education the youngest recipient of the award ever.