Watson Coleman, Scutari, Shabazz among honorees at N.J. LCV gala

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, State Sen. President Nick Scutari and Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz are among those who will be honored at the upcoming gala for the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.

The event, taking place June 10 at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, will bring together officials, leaders and advocates to support the fight for the environment. Attendees will donate toward environmental goals and campaigns, participate in silent auctions, network and celebrate a year of environmental victories and success.

Watson Coleman  (D-12th Dist.), Scutari (D-Clark) and Shabazz all will receive the Emerald Award, given to those dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s air, open spaces and water.

Other honorees include:

Changemaker Award: Those making a true difference across New Jersey’s environment and communities.

  • Renata Barnes, director of programs and community engagement, Outdoor Equity Alliance;
  • Wyatt Earp, international representative for the IBEW Third District.

Founders Award: Those who exhibit leadership and devotion toward New Jersey LCV’s success.

  • Julia Somers, executive director, New Jersey Highlands Coalition;
  • Cindy Ehrenclou, senior director of development, Raritan Headwaters Association;
  • Carleton Montgomery, executive director, Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

Sustainability Award: Businesses and institutions who help in the fight for the environment.

  • Commvault and Martha Delehanty, chief human resources officer.

Commvault and Attentive Energy will be the event’s sponsors.

New Jersey LCV Executive Director Ed Potosnak spoke of the organization’s mission.

“We are delighted to celebrate our environmental champions at the 10th annual gala,” he said. “Without the help of a bipartisan group of elected officials, businesses, volunteers and supporters, we couldn’t do the important work to make sure everyone, no matter their ZIP code, has clean air, safe drinking water and open spaces for refuge and enjoyment.

“We know that the most important issue facing our state is climate change, and our work for a 100% clean energy future couldn’t be more urgent. The gala is a way to celebrate our success and to urge everyone to stay focused on the mission ahead.”

Delehanty explained the importance of environmental protection.

“We stay resilient, always, to position ourselves to sustain success now and long into the future,” she said. “Our ESG strategy guides how we serve the planet, our people and our communities in a responsible, sustainable and ethical manner. Whether helping our customers and partners manage their data more sustainably, supporting the development and inclusion of our global workforce or giving back to our communities, we continue to prioritize our stakeholders and treat long-term sustainability as a non-negotiable requirement of doing business.”