Astronaut to speak at April 5 Earth Day Awards Luncheon
LOVES PARK, Ill. — Former NASA astronaut Mark Lee will be the celebrity guest speaker for the Fifth Annual Earth Day Awards Luncheon Thursday, April 5, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lee (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) is the veteran of four space shuttle missions that include Atlantis, Endeavour and Discovery. He has traveled more than 13 million miles in space.
As a member of a select group of space travelers, Lee has orbited the Earth 517 times. In addition to Mark’s noteworthy presentation, he will don his unique flight jacket and pose with guests presenting a rare photo opportunity.
Spending 33 days in orbit, Lee has seen our planet’s pollution and deforestation from space, which has motivated him to take action.
Inspired by his unique experience, Lee has planted more than 140,000 trees on his Wisconsin farm, causing environmentalists to regard him as “the tree advocate astronaut.”
He will be sharing his firsthand account of space travel and his interesting perspective of our world ecology from afar.
This year, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) will again honor an individual, a company/organization, and a youth group/young individual exemplifying commitment to improving our area environment.
KNIB Executive Director Lori Gummow said, “Our intention is to recognize those who, through recycling, reusing and/or renewing our community’s valuable resources, show exemplary dedication to improving the protecting of the environment.”
Nominations are still being accepted and nomination forms are available at http://www.knib.org or by calling KNIB at (815) 637-1343.
From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue
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