Sorry Tina Turner, Mother Nature does need another hero. Five of them to be exact.
And Clorox Green Works is giving them the attention and support — a cash grant of $10,000 — that they deserve through its Green Heroes Grant Program. Until Feb. 28, stop by the Green Works website and nominate someone you consider to be an exceptional eco-leader in your neighborhood or community. Your cousin who's setting up an urban composting program, the community watershed clean-up organizer, the co-worker who's pushing your employer to install bike racks outside the office ... you know the type — folks who go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to green living and housekeeping. Or, let modesty take a vacation and nominate yourself.
Through the program, selected individuals (entire organizations and those in Sierra Club chapters and programs are non-eligible) heading up environmental projects will each receive a $10,000 grant as a thank-you for their good deeds. After the nomination period ends, a panel of judges — the Sierra Club, EcoFabulous, and MNN columnist Josh Dorfman, aka the Lazy Environmentalist — will choose 10 finalists. The public will be able to vote on their top choices from March 16 through April 10. The final five heroes will be announced on Earth Day.
And a brief note on one of my favorite topics: Eco-friendly and homemade cleaning products. Although I tend to reach for method, Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyer's, and other niche brands, Green Works is a dependable, readily available line from a big name like Clorox. This isn't Clorox's first foray into natural-land. The company, most associated with bleach cleaners, acquired (not without controversy) the natural body care product line, Burt's Bees, in late 2008. Anyhoo, I've been pleased with the bleach-free bathroom cleaner so I'm jonesin' to try out the new biodegradable wipes.