Olivia Newton-John, John Easterling Honored for Role in Amazon Conservation

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HEADLINE: Olivia Newton-John and Husband John Easterling Awarded Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence for Role in Amazon Conservation by Stroud Water Research Center.

SUBHEAD: Stroud Water Research Center Announces Memorandums of Understanding with National Wildlife Federation and the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation to Develop and Market Educational Tools.

Avondale, Pa. – Olivia Newton-John and husband, John Easterling, were awarded the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence by the Stroud Water Research Center at its annual “The Water’s Edge” gala at Longwood Gardens in the suburbs of Philadelphia on Tuesday evening, October 11, 2011.

The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence is awarded for outstanding achievement to those who contribute broadly to the conservation and protection of fresh water.

Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling, also known as “Amazon John,” are both staunch supporters of rainforest conservation and known for work in conserving the Amazon River watershed — the largest in the world.

Newton-John and Easterling are committed to supporting a positive, sustainable future for the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants. They are active board members of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation which promotes conservation of the Peruvian Amazon through environmental education programs, supporting basic and applied research, and protecting unique tracts of land in that region.

Easterling is the founder and owner of the Amazon Herb Company which makes products from the natural ingredients found in the Amazon rainforest and provides support to many indigenous communities in the Amazon. Olivia Newton-John is best known as a singer, actress and supporter of cancer research and rainforest conservation.

Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., president and senior research scientist at Stroud Water Research Center also ceremoniously announced Stroud’s Memorandums of Understanding with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation (ACEER) to further expand and market Stroud’s Leaf Pack Kit as a teaching and water-quality assessment tool in schools in North America (NWF), Latin America (ACEER), and eventually worldwide.

Larry Schweiger, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation was present at the event to celebrate the Stroud relationship, and representing the ACEER, were its President Roger Mustalish and Board Members/Honorees of the evening, Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling.

Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance the knowledge and stewardship of freshwater through education and research for use in conserving and restoring streams, rivers, and their watersheds around the world. The Center was established in 1967 and is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located at 970 Spencer Road in Avondale, Pennsylvania. For more information or to make a donation, visit or call (610) 268-2153.

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