Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel
He has worked for many environmental organizations such as City Growers, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Greenpeace, AmeriCorps, and the Energy Action Coalition. In addition, to his full time role at MEVO, he is also the full time Outreach Coordinator for the Rockland Conservation & Service Corps a program of the Rockland County Government Youth Bureau. 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. Amongst 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 to receive this award.