Julie Sharpe, 2017 Environmental Achievement Award Winner

2017 Environmental Achievement Award

Julie Sharpe of Saunderstown, R.I.

President of the Narrow River Land Trust

Julie Sharpe, founder of the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative and the Narrow River Land Trust, was the 2017 winner of Save The Bay's Environmental Achievement Award.
Julie Sharpe, founder of the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative and the Narrow River Land Trust, was the 2017 winner of Save The Bay’s Environmental Achievement Award.

Julie Sharpe is president of the Narrow River Land Trust and has worked with the University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch program for the past 24 years. In the 1990s, she helped establish the Rhode Island Natural History Survey to monitor the state’s biodiversity. She has served on the boards of the Narragansett Conservation Commission, Narrow River Preservation Association, Historic New England and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey.

Along with her family, Sharpe founded the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative to steward Rhode Island’s 100,000 acres of conserved land. In her nomination, Cathy Lund, DVM, wrote that Sharpe, “single-handedly created an advocacy platform by forming Narrow River Land Trust, and has made the acquisition and conservation of that watershed a personal mission. Her work has installed conservation easements on privately-owned land, and she has spared no effort in rallying supporters and donors to provide the funds and energy to secure available land along that watershed area. This tireless and singular effort has resulted in lasting public benefit and has positively impacted the health of the Narragansett Bay ecosystem.”

*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.

Map