Each year Stroud Water Research Center hosts The Water’s Edge gala in celebration of our most precious resource — water. This special evening allows us to bring together our friends and neighbors whose support is critical to our endeavors. Proceeds from the evening support our freshwater research, restoration, and education programs.
Alexandra Cousteau will receive the 2015 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence award at The Water’s Edge gala at Longwood Gardens on November 19.
Photo © Bill Zelman
Her legendary grandfather, Jacques, and father, Philippe, explored the world’s ocean wonders, but today Alexandra Cousteau explores new ways to save them.
“I believe water will be the defining crisis of our century — from droughts, storms, and floods to degrading water quality. We’ll see major conflicts over water and the proliferation of water refugees. We inhabit a water planet, and unless we protect, manage and restore that resource, the future will be a very different place from the one we imagine today.
Alexandra is the founder and “Chief Water Optimist” of Blue Legacy, a non-profit organization on a mission to empower people to reclaim and restore the world’s water, one community at a time. Blue Legacy explores water issues around the globe and shares those findings through short films as well as mainstream and social media.
The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, also known as the SAFE Water Award, is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities. Past recipients include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (2014); Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. and Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. (2013); John Briscoe, Ph.D. (2012); and Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling (2011).
Past SAFE Water Award Winners and Speakers at The Water’s Edge
2014 SAFE Award Recipient Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president of the Waterkeeper Alliance
2013 SAFE Award Recipient Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. former Under Secretary of Commerce for the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)
2013 SAFE Award Recipient Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
2012 SAFE Award Recipient John Briscoe, Ph.D. Director, Harvard Water Security Initiative; founding member World Water Council, Global Water Partnership, World Commission on Dams
2011 SAFE Award Recipients Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling. Supporters of rainforest conservation and renowned for work in conserving the Amazon River watershed
2010 Peter Gleick. Co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute, author, MacArthur Fellow, and member of the US National Academy of Sciences
2009 Ian Hutton. Island naturalist and conservationist, researcher, eco-tourism pioneer, keeper of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Lord Howe Island
2008 Flip Nicklin, National Geographic contributing photographer, founder of The Whale Trust
2007 Kristine McDivitt Tompkins. Former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., founder, Conservación Patagónica and Conservation Land Trust
2006 Wangari Maathai. Founder, The Green Belt Movement, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, author
2005 William McDonough, Architect and founding principal of William McDonough + Partners 2007 Time magazine “Hero of the Environment”
2004 Dr. Sylvia Earle. Marine biologist, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, former chief NOAA scientist
2003 Dr. Jane Goodall. Primatologist, author, founder of The Jane Goodall Institute, mentor, United Nations Messenger of Peace