New Jersey Resident Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 23, 2000 New Jersey resident Dennis Schvejda was
among those receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year.
Schvejda received a Special Service Award from the organization for his work with the
New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Schvejda has served as Conservation Chair for the New Jersey Chapter since 1994. During
this period, he has worked closely with all 15 members of the New Jersey Congressional
delegation and their Washington, D.C., staff members to inform them about environmental
issues. He also publishes the Sierra Activist, a chapter newsletter of action
alerts and updates on Federal issues, as well as daily index of relevant press clippings
gathered from New Jersey-area newspapers.
"Dennis is an exceptional volunteer/leader," said Sunil Somalwar, vice chair
of the New Jersey Chapter. Somalwar said Schvejdas work has inspired Sierra Club
members throughout New Jersey to become more active.
"His efforts to keep us informed about what often seems like an endless list of
environmental problems and issues and his support of members in their efforts to be more
effective as activists is truly inspiring," Somalwar said.
Schvejda, who lives in North Haledon, has previously received several awards for his
work from the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000
members. For more information on the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club visit their website at http://www.enviroweb.org/njsierra/.