Join the Community Ecology Institute and our Columbia Families in Nature program for the 3rd Annual Agape 5k on June 17th! We are partnered with Building Families for Children in this event as we work to foster healthy families for children and healthy communities that support families.  This fun, family-friendly 5k is a collaborative event to raise awareness of and funds for our efforts. There will be fun activities for the kids and delicious food.
Sign up soon to be a part of our race (you can walk!) team and have a ton of fun being active outdoors together for a great cause! details on how our team will make the most fun out of this event (perhaps dressing up as animals?) will be forthcoming as the 5k gets closer!

                                                    On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the                                                                 Community Ecology Institute (CEI) will                                                   present its first annual awards to local                                                     environmental leaders. 
                                                Awards for 2017 will be conferred in                                                       five categories.  The Lifetime                                                                         Achievement  Award will go to Elizabeth                                                 Bobo for her distinguished career of                                                         advocacy for the protection of the natural environmental during her political service as the Howard County Executive and in the Maryland House of Delegates.  The Experiential Education Award will go to Akiima Price for her work developing a national platform for emerging environmental educators and creation of cutting edge guidelines for Community Environmental Education in which nature is used as a medium to create social change in urban communities of color. The Community Outreach Award will go to Jodi Rose for her work on watershed restoration action in Maryland in her role as the Executive Director of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, in particular engaging communities of faith to plant trees as a way to engage individuals in environmental stewardship while benefiting the Chesapeake Bay.  The Ecosystem Restoration Award will go to the Cunningham Family of Mary’s Land Farm for their work to go beyond organic farming on their 160 acre property by viewing their farm as a system of interlinking ecological relationships, using permaculture practices to create sustainable agricultural ecosystems, and educating eaters on those practices through tours. The Youth Leadership Award will go to Katie Elicker for You have been selected to receive the Youth Leadership Award for your work as the student member of Howard County's Environmental Sustainability Board and three years spent working with the Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY) program to improve watershed health through the reduction of stormwater runoff and provide additional environmental protection services.

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony at Howard County GreenFest on April 22 from 12:30 to 1:30. GreenFest, to be held at Howard Community College, is Howard County’s premier environmental event each year.  

Community Ecology Award

Fostering Health y Communities 

through Connection with Nature