Climate and Health Champions

The 2018 Winners are...

Organization Category:

Pinnacle Prevention

pinnacle-logoPinnacle Prevention is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to growing healthy families and communities. Under the incredible leadership of executive director Adrienne Udarbe, Pinnacle Prevention is responsible for implementing the Double Up Food Bucks program in Arizona. Double Up Food Bucks Arizona helps Arizonans who use SNAP/EBT (formerly food stamps) bring home more fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers. This program is ultimately championing a sustainable food system, which is critical for improving health equity and combatting the effects of climate-related health hazards in our state. Pinnacle Prevention is a champion of improving health and the environment. Their team believes everyone should have access to healthy food, and that a food system can thrive when it is sustainable, local, and equitable. Through Double Up Food Bucks, Pinnacle Prevention works to make their vision a reality.


Business Category:

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

salt-river-fields-logoAt the onset of the 2018 Spring Training Season, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, partnered with Major League Baseball and Arizona State University to launch a “Recycle Rally” initiative to analyze waste stream practices within the ballpark. With input from sustainability partners, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will continue to adopt ecofriendly best practices such as composting, recycling, and other zero waste strategies. Additionally, throughout the Spring Training Season, Salt River Fields had the unique opportunity to engage with over 300,000 fans from across the country by providing fun, interactive educational activities to promote recycling and waste reduction practices.


Individual Category:

Stacey Champion

stacey-championStacey Champion is a dedicated and passionate community and environmental advocate in the Valley. For nearly 20 years, Champion has dedicated her time and effort to protecting and improving the environment in Arizona. Champion is the owner of Champion PR + Consulting, and she formerly operated her own environmental consulting firm for 10 years. She has consistently worked on projects and initiatives, both professionally and as a volunteer, directly tied to climate change and environmental justice. She has served on numerous environmental boards and committees throughout the years, and has written many articles on sustainability and environmental issues. Champion’s dedication and repeated action is unmatched. She continuously makes the environment her priority, and with her on its side, Arizona will continue to take steps toward climate-resiliency and health equity.


Youth Category:

Trevor G. Browne High School Students Taking a New Direction (STAND) Coalition

STAND-logoTrevor G Browne (TGB) STAND coalition members have been diligently working in their community since 2013 to bring change by shaping policy, systems and environment to foster clean air and healthy living. The coalition has been actively working to make El Oso park tobacco-free. The youth presented a tobacco-free policy initiative to the Parks and Rec Board which was approved for two years. They presented an update on their two year pilot tobacco-free policy at El Oso…which assured the continuation of the tobacco-free park policy…. TGB STAND youth have conducted regular surveys, observations and park cleanups since the inception of the pilot program. In addition, they organized a health fair and participated in others to inform the community about the tobacco-free policy at El Oso.


The following is a list of ALL award nominees. Thank you for your hard work in making Maricopa County a healthier place to live, learn, work and play!

Individual Category:

  • Stacey Champion
  • Jillian Feltham
  • David Hondula
  • Cynthia Zwick

Youth Category:

  • Ironwood High School Students Taking a New Direction (STAND) anti-tobacco youth coalition
  • Trevor G. Browne High School Students Taking a New Direction (STAND) anti-tobacco youth coalition