Michael Roles Wins National Youth Leader Award at National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) honors local environmentalist for his community-based solutions to climate change adaptation
Michael Roles of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was awarded the prestigious Youth Leader Award at National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) 78th Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Youth Leader award recognizes the special conservation achievements of youth leadership from the NWF affiliate ranks.
“Michael’s long-standing contributions to NWF and its Rhode Island affiliate, Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI), serves as a model for how to successfully and meaningfully engage youth leaders in the conservation movement beyond their academic years,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.
Roles, who has served as Vice President for Policy at NWF affiliate, Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) developed community-based solutions to climate change adaptation. A year of community work projects – which included weatherization and tree plantings – and community forums, helped to clarify urban community challenges and solutions to confronting climate change. His work was incorporated into Rhode Island’s Climate Change Commission's 2012 report.
Roles has also served as ECRI’s alternate representative to NWF; and as co-chair of NWF’s Emerging Leaders Council, which provides young professionals a platform to help guide the conservation movement.
Now a resident of Philadelphia, Michael focuses on water and air quality as a Program Organizer with Clean Water Action, carrying with him his motivation to mobilize communities as informers of policy and stakeholders in decision-making processes.
National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the organization’s conservation efforts and works to create solutions to protect America’s water, air, and wildlife habitat for future generations.