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 WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty non-profit citizen environmental groups, representing 13 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, were announced today as nominees for the 1993 Geo Award for Environmental Excellence, sponsored by American Forests, the USDA Forest Service and the Chevrolet-Geo Environmental/Tree Program. "These groups represent this year's best of a great effort around the country to beautify city neighborhoods, help clean up the air and conserve energy by the planting of and the caring for trees," said Jeff Hurlbert, general marketing manager of the Chevrolet-Geo Division of General Motors. "I wish that every non-profit in the country could receive this award. Though, in a way, they will all share in the '93 recipient's honor."
 From these 30 1993 nominees a list of three finalists in each of two categories (larger and smaller groups) will be named by a "blue ribbon" panel of representatives from the USDA Forest Service, American Forests and The Pearlman Group (the Los Angeles-based firm that developed and executes the Geo Environmental/Tree Program for Chevrolet-Geo). "Each of the hardworking groups that were nominated for the award deserve recognition for their efforts ... with the `Geo' Award we are now able to underscore the commitment and energy that these organizations are bringing to the cause," Hurlbert said.
 American Forest's Executive Vice President Neil Sampson also thanked Geo for its ongoing environmental leadership adding, "Geo's continued partnership and support of local groups, as well as our National Urban Forest Conference, makes Geo the logical sponsor of this important award." American Forests has been the national citizen's organization for trees and forests since 1875, and through its Global ReLeaf campaign, works with people and groups throughout the world to plant and care for trees especially in urban areas.
 "Geo is a corporate citizen whose support for local programs has greatly benefited the cause of urban forestry. Geo also helps to underwrite our Plant-a-Tree Program in the national forest," commented USDA Forest Service Chief Dale Robertson.
 The Geo Award for Environmental Excellence will be made on Sept. 17, 1993, at a special awards ceremony as part of the American Forests' National Urban Forest Conference which will take place in Minneapolis on Sept. 14-18.
 Remarking on the program, Dan Pearlman, president/chief executive officer of The Pearlman Group, said, "We established these awards to celebrate and encourage the work of non-profit, non-partisan citizen tree-planting groups for the vital work that they do. With this award, we are very proud to focus the nation's attention on some very deserving groups and their volunteer constituencies.
 "When we started the Geo Tree Program in 1989, we hoped that the response to this special environmental program would be good ... We were introducing a line of automobiles that were (and still are) rated most fuel-efficient by the EPA, and we thought that Geo's involvement with the environmental groups would be an excellent direct way to indicate our support of what they were doing," continued Pearlman. "Today, nearly five years later, we've not only gained additional visibility for the Geo line, but added recognition for hard-working tree-planting groups from coast to coast."
 The "Geo" Award is a specially commissioned Steuben Glass sculpture. Triangular in shape, "The Geo" depicts a pristine grove of trees symbolizing the vitally important work of urban reforestation. In addition to this beautiful and unique work of art, the Geo Environmental/Tree Program will also present a $5,000 grant to each of the two winning groups.
 Complete List of 1993 Geo Award Nominees:
 Anacostia Watershed Society, College Park, Md.; Austin ReLeaf, Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge Green, Baton Rouge, La.; Center for Environmental Studies, Grand Rapids, Mich.; City Parks Foundation, New York; Dallas Parks Foundation, Dallas; Fairfax ReLeaf, Fairfax, Va.; Fort Collins ReLeaf, Fort Collins, Colo.; Friends of Trees, Portland, Ore.; Greener Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg, Va.; Isles Inc., Trenton, N.J.; Keep Washington Green Association, Seattle; Lincoln County Conservation District, Davenport, Iowa; McKean County Conservation District, Custer City, Pa.; Parks & People Foundation, Baltimore; People for Trees, San Diego; Philadelphia Green (PHS), Philadelphia; Re-Leaf Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas; Rotary Club of Vancouver South, Vancouver, British Columbia; Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento, Calif.; Sterling Foundation, Sterling, Va.; The Freedom Tree Organization, Simi Valley, Calif.; Tree Fresno, Fresno, Calif.; Trees for Houston, Houston, Texas; Trees for the City, Washington, D.C.; TreePeople, Los Angeles; Trees New York, New York City; Twin Cities Tree Trust, St. Louis Park, Minn.; Valley Proud Environmental Council, Harlingen, Texas; and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Denver.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Stokes, The Pearlman Group, 310-473-9353/

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