Minnesota Public Health Association Honor for Environmental Health Leadership
This summer, I was honored by the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) with the 2015 Harvey G. Rogers Environmental Health Leadership Award.
The MPHA recognized my environmental work as Advocacy Director and Legal Counsel for non-profit Water Legacy to prevent pollution and adverse health impacts from the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine in Northern Minnesota as well as two decades of environmental work with Sierra Club, Midtown Greenway Coalition, Citizens Energy Task Force, Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota and other groups through Just Change Law Offices.
MPHA’s award sheet stated, “Paula Maccabee’s contributions to the health of Minnesotans are longstanding and significant. She is an outstanding Minnesotan whose life work has had a positive impact on the public health of our communities statewide.”
Duluth family doctors with whom I’ve been working for the past two years to engage Minnesota’s medical community to prevent health impacts of sulfide mining submitted the nomination (without letting me know). You can read more here about medical community involvement with WaterLegacy to prevent health impacts of sulfide mining.