On September 21, 2010, Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation announced the winners of the 16th annual Heinz Awards, honoring the contributions of 10 innovative and inspiring individuals whose work has addressed environmental challenges. Each recipient receives an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000. James Balog, founder of the Extreme Ice Survey and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, is being honored for his dramatic use of photography to document the devastation of global warming.
“We’re living in a time of unprecedented global change. Our planet is facing rising temperatures and our communities are affected by toxic chemicals that weren’t on the market a hundred years ago,” said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. “We’re recognizing innovators who are tackling some of the most vexing problems facing our planet.”
The Heinz Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 15. For more information about the Heinz Awards, Heinz Family Foundation or to see the full list of recipients, visit www.heinzawards.net.