Lennie Roberts named 'Environmental Hero'

Second environmental hero in 83 years for local chapter.

Ladera resident Lennie Roberts, the San Mateo County legislative advocate for the Committee for Green Foothills, has long been a local hero to the living beings that make up what is commonly referred to as "the environment." Now it's official.

The Loma Prieta chapter of the Sierra Club will celebrate Ms. Roberts with the honor of Environmental Hero at a party at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Garden House in Shoup Park at 400 University Ave. in Los Altos.

Lennie Roberts
The party is the fourth annual Garden of Nature Benefit and will include hors d'oeuvres, wine, live music, a silent auction and door prizes ahead of and following the presentation. Call Justyna Lesniewska-Guterman at (650) 390-8494 for more information.

In the Loma Prieta chapter's 83-year history, this is just the second time members have honored someone as an environmental hero, according to a statement from the club.

U. S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, is scheduled to host and the afternoon will include a premiere of video about Ms. Roberts and her environmental activism by "a Pulitzer-prize nominated" videographer.

"Lennie Roberts stands as tall as a redwood tree with her lifelong advocacy to protect natural resources and preserve open space in San Mateo County," Ms. Eshoo said in the statement. "For four decades of environmental stewardship, she has been at the helm of every effort to protect and preserve."

"No one is more deserving of the Environmental Hero Award than Lennie Roberts," Ms. Eshoo added. "She's always been mine!"

Ms. Roberts, who has a bachelor's degree in art from Stanford University, has long been the voice of the Committee for Green Foothills. Her battles have won protection for open space along the coast and the skyline, according to a committee bio. She was a founding member of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972.

Along with the Sierra Club, she was instrumental in her advocacy for Measure T to stop construction of a bypass around a coastal landslide area known as the Devil's Slide. The state eventually bored through the slide, building a pair of tunnels that opened in March 2013, a more environmentally sensitive solution, the statement says.


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Posted by Daryl Camarillo
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Sep 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

How exciting to see Lennie Roberts receive this honor! She has single handedly lead the charge on so many local environmental protection issues. The air, water, plants and animals will all be smiling on Saturday as she receives this award.

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Posted by naturegirl
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Sep 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Lennie totally deserves this award! Awesome.

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