Natasha Léger honored with national community award

Photo by Tamie Meck Natasha Léger, interim executive director of Citizens for a Healthy Community, was among four community organizers recently honored with the national Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship.

Natasha Léger was one of four community advocates recently honored with the 2018 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship. Léger joins Ellen Gerhart and Rebecca Roter of Pennsylvania and Nalleli Cobo of California in receiving the national award.

Coordinated by FracTracker Alliance and selected by their peers, the four recipients were honored for their work in addressing oil and gas impacts in their communities. Recipients receive $1,000 for their efforts. They, along with other organizers who have recently passed away, will be recognized this month at a reception at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel in Pennsylvania.

CHC is a North Fork Valley-based grass-roots organization established in 2009 by a group of residents concerned about the risk of large-scale oil and gas development and its potential effects on the community's health. CHC has more than 500 members, an advisory board, and is overseen by a six-member board of directors.

"It was a team effort," said Léger, whose background is in international trade. She has also been an independent business consultant, magazine editor, and author of Travel Healthy: A Road Warrior's Guide to Eating Healthy.

"The impacts of the oil and gas industry are visible across the United States, but hope abounds in the volunteers working in their communities and cherished places to document, report, and confront fossil fuel harms," said FracTracker Alliance executive director, Brook Lenker. "We are proud to honor Ellen, Natasha, Rebecca, and Nalleli this year, whose noble actions exemplify the transformative power of caring, committed, and engaged people."

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