Nelson to receive environmental groups' honor
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
– Willie Nelson will be the guest of honor at this first ever pairing of environmental nonprofits Amazon Watch and Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.
Nelson will receive the 2011 Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Visionary Award on July 22 at the former U.S. Mint now known as the Bently Reserve in San Francisco.
The event will focus on how living local can have a positive effect on people around the world. The award is presented to individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership in protecting the environment while challenging the status quo through actions and life style.
Past recipients of the award are Jack Johnson and the non profit Reverb for their work on environmental education. Nelson has long been a supporter of environmental and social causes throughout his career and most recently highlighting the value of sustainable community based biodiesel as a way to displace foreign oil and support local economies. Nelson will be in attendance to accept the award.
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Remember Me Vol. 1
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