Eugenia Marks, 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Eugenia Marks of Providence, R.I.

Former senior director of policy at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Local environmental legend, Eugenia Marks, who won Save The Bay's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Eugenia Marks, a local environmental legend, received Save The Bay’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

According to the nomination submitted by Greg Gerritt and Jana Hesser, Eugenia Marks is a local environmental legend. Recently retired from a 34-year career at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI), “there is no one more knowledgeable, effective, formidable, and respected regionally in the field of environmental advocacy.”

In the 1980s, Marks was instrumental in ASRI’s effort to stop the Big River Reservoir project, protecting 500 acres of freshwater wetlands and 20 miles of active trout streams in Coventry and West Greenwich. Twenty years later, she and ASRI stood up for these lands again against a proposed State Police barracks. Under her leadership, ASRI coordinated the annual International Coastal Cleanup in Rhode Island for many years.

Marks played a role in the recently passed cesspool phase-out law and wetlands protection expansion, has held the environmental advocate seat on the R.I. Water Resources board for decades, and has been involved with the Environment Council of Rhode Island and its Education Fund. She is well-known as one of the state’s leading wetlands experts and advocates.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse noted prior to Marks’ retirement last fall that, “Genie is kind, respectful, and speaks softly, but she also fights tirelessly for the causes she represents, and more often than not, she wins. Her victories have made our state a cleaner, healthier place to live, and have made her one of the most respected environmental voices in Rhode Island.”

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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