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Awards and Honors

Friends of Casco Bay and its individual staff members have been recognized by foundations, municipalities, professional organizations, colleges, and government agencies.


2017 Experienced Leader Award 2017 from Woman to Watch to Cathy Ramsdell, CPA, CGMA, a National Effort of the CPA Profession, from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Maine Society of CPAs (MSCPA), for financial mentoring to Friends and other nonprofits

2017   US Coast Guard Certificate of Appreciation to Peter Milholland for his work on oil spill preparedness and response

2017   Bates College-Morse Mountain Environmental Stewardship Award to Peter Milholland for managing volunteer for Friends of Casco Bay for over 22 years

2016    Maine Public Relations Council Golden Arrow Award

Silver Award for “Special Events”: recognizes the public outreach efforts by staff and board in planning a Citizens Science event: Nabbing Nitrogen

2014    River Hero Award

Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne was presented with this award at River Rally, an international gathering of 600 water conservationists with River Network and Waterkeeper Alliance

2014    Gulf of Maine Visionary Award to Mary Cerullo, Associate Director

Mary was recognized for her work in marine education in Maine by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

2014    EPA Environmental Merit Award for Lifetime Achievement for Joe Payne Recognizes environmental stewardship throughout New England

2012    Bates College-Morse Mountain Award for Environmental Lifetime Achievement to Joe Payne at Harward Center for Community Partnerships Awards Celebration

2011    The HERO Award presented to Joe Payne by Waterkeeper Alliance, recognizing his 20 years as Casco Baykeeper, making him the second-longest-serving Waterkeeper ever

2011    Gulf of Maine Visionary Award to Peter Milholland, Citizen Stewards Coordinator

Visionaries are recognized for innovation, creativity, and commitment to environmental protection within each of the five jurisdictions bordering the Gulf of Maine

2009    Maine Public Relations Council Lightship Award for Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne

Presented to an individual outside the public relations industry who represents the ideals of what makes an outstanding public relations professional

2008    L.L.Bean Outdoor Hero Award for Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne

2007    First Place Dirigo Award for Nonprofit Excellence

First-ever Dirigo Award from Maine Association of Non-profits

2006    Maine Public Relations Council Golden Arrow Award, Silver Award for “Special Events”: A Bay Caper for the Casco Baykeeper

2006    Community Partner Award for Service Learning, Bowdoin College

2004    Proclamation by 121st Maine Legislature for 15 years of protecting Casco Bay

2003    One of “Twenty Great Grants that made a difference” by Maine Community Fdn.

2002    EPA Clean Water Act Award for Citizen Stewards Water Quality Program

2002    Maine Economic Growth Council’s Gold Star Award for improving coastal water quality

2000    Governor’s Stewardship Award for Environmental Excellence

1999    United States Coast Guard Certificate of Merit for Portland Harbor Dredge Project

1999    Governor’s Service Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration

1998    Spring Point Light Innovation and Leadership Award, City of South Portland

1997    U. S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Medal for our response to the Julie N oil spill

1997    Maine Dept. of Marine Resources Certificate of Appreciation for Water Quality Monitoring

1995     World Wildlife Fund Innovation Grant for “Excellence in Conservation” 

1995    Casco Bay Estuary Project Citation

1992    Gulf of Maine Visionary Award, Gulf of Maine Council on the Environment

This award was presented to Friends of Casco Bay for our work on behalf of Casco Bay and for raising public and governmental awareness of threats to the environmental quality of the Bay.