Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award Nominations Invited

January 17, 2023

The Town of Ithaca’s Conservation Board invites nominations for their 20th annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award.  This award honors the late Dr. Fischer for improving Ithaca’s natural environment. A Cornell professor, nature lover, and member of our Conservation Board, he erected many bluebird houses and helped establish New York’s bottle law to reduce waste and litter. 

Since 2003, the Town’s Conservation Board has honored a different individual or group each year, including the NYS Hemlock Initiative, the Cayuga Bird Club, Primitive Pursuits, and Finger Lakes ReUse. Please see for the complete list of former winners. 

Individuals or organizations who have taken the initiative to improve Ithaca’s natural environment are eligible for nomination. Selected awardees will have their names added to a plaque in Town Hall and attached to a tree planted at a celebration in their honor in a Town park or trail. Birch, beech, maple, oak, poplar, sycamore, juneberry, hemlock, hazelnut, pine and apple trees have been dedicated at 19 ceremonies celebrating the many ways Ithaca’s environment has been improved by honored winners.

Please nominate a person or a group you feel has contributed to improving and conserving our environment. Nominations for the 2022 award must be received no later than February 28, 2023. For submission guidelines, see the Town’s website at or contact Michael Smith at Town Hall: or 607-273-1747.