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MIT honors environmental boosters

Cambridge individuals and organizations who have worked to preserve the environment were honored by MIT on the Institute's 11th annual Cambridge First Day on June 10.

Cambridge Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis and City Manager Robert W. Healy presented framed Cambridge First Day 2003 awards to Michael Charney and Henry Vandermark, who won as individuals; and Jane Smillie of CitySprouts, Inc. and Stephen Oakley of ZipCar, Inc., which were honored as businesses.

Chancellor Phillip L. Clay presented a check for $1,000 to each honoree to be donated to an environmental charity of the recipient's choice.

"Cambridge First Day is a symbol of the strength of the MIT-Cambridge partnership, as we are intertwined in an invaluable network of people and organizations that nurtures so many of the economic and cultural underpinnings of our community," Clay said.

The event was co-hosted by MIT's Office of Government and Community Relations and the Cambridge Community Development Department.

President Charles M. Vest established Cambridge First Day in 1993 to highlight the economic, cultural and social partnerships among MIT and local organizations, public officials and city residents.

Cambridge First Day focuses on a different theme every year. In 1993, MIT honored Cambridge businesses with whom the Institute has been working for 50 years or more. Other themes were minority-owned and women-owned businesses (1994), small businesses (1995), biotechnology companies (1996), entrepreneurship (1997), culinary arts (1998), architecture (1999), the arts (2000), community-building (2001) and services for the homeless (2002).

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 12, 2003.

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