Sietz A. Leeflang
From 1971 to 1977 Mr. Leeflang, as founder of the "Small Earth" project (De Kleine Aarde") in Holland, stimulated many to practice ways of life, agriculture and technical method that preserve the environment and are on a human scale.
In 1977 Mr. Leeflang and his wife left the project and started a small experimental centre for alternative techniques and working methods, called "The Twelve Trades" ("De Twaalf Ambachten"). In this centre several new techniques have been developed in the fields of water and energy saving, heating and house building.
Conservation Council of New Brunswick
The foremost environmental public interest group in New Brunswick. Work is implemented by volunteers whose objectives are to generate public awareness and to promote environmentally sound policies. These objectives are pursued through public speaking, publications, projects and community campaigning.
To focus public attention on groundwater pollution, the New Brunswick government created the Clean Water Act in 1989, establishing groundwater protection zones, chemical monitoring requirements, and legally enforceable safe drinking water standards.
Rose Cotta, founder member of the Soroptimist Club of Barcelona, acquired a four-hectare area of agricultural land in Catalunya Province in Spain, which had been farmed for 12 years using chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
The aim was to convert the use of conventional non-organic techniques to organic methods. As a result, natural balance returned, with soil life improving and wild plants, insects, birds and mammals coming back to the area, and it has become a success in environmentally-sound and sustainable agricultural development.
Valery P. Kukhar
Valery Kukhar is a proponent of ecological monitoring in the Ukraine. He contributes his expertise in resource-saving technology by advising on the appropriate location and construction of industries. He has turned the attention of the public on the ecological problems in the Ukraine through the mass media.
Since the Chernobyl incident, he has devoted his time to examining ways of minimizing its harmful effects. He has also continued to apply his knowledge in chemistry to conduct research in the conservation of natural resources, the use of agricultural chemicals, and well-water retaining capacities.
Brenda and Robert Vale
Brenda and Robert Vale, both architects and lecturers, have shown an outstanding commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. They are at the leading edge of developing houses and buildings, which have minimal impact on the environment.
They have developed and moved into the "Autonomous House", which collects and purifies rainwater for drinking and washing; uses a composting toilet for waste treatments; needs no central heating because of the very high insulation standards; and generates its annual demand for electricity by using solar energy. This house is practical evidence of the Vales' commitment and in 1992, they were awarded the first "Green Building of the Year Award".