Ithaca Conservation Award Nominations Invited

January 16, 2024

The Town of Ithaca’s Conservation Board invites nominations for their 21st 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 Cayuga Bird Club, Primitive Pursuits, Finger Lakes ReUse, and the Friendship Donation Network. 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 20 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 2023 award must be received no later than February 28, 2024. For submission guidelines, see the Town’s website at or contact the Conservation Board at

Residents of the Town of Ithaca interested in learning more about the work of the Conservation Board are also invited to attend the meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM.  For more information regarding the Town’s Conservation Board please see our website at or visit us on Facebook ( or Instagram (