News | September 16, 2021

SELC’s Chandra Taylor is Water Conservationist of the Year

Chandra Taylor-Sawyer, leader of SELC's Environmental Justice Initiative, reflects at North Carolina's Badin Lake.

North Carolina Wildlife Federation presented its 2021 Water Conservationist of the Year award to SELC senior attorney Chandra Taylor on September 11, at its annual Governor’s Awards Banquet. The Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program highlights individuals and organizations that “exemplify conservation excellence” across the state.

Chandra Taylor accepts her award.

Taylor is a senior attorney in our Chapel Hill office and also the leader of our environmental justice initiative. She is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, and during her time at the SELC has led work in the state to force cleanups at contaminated industrial sites, stop water pollution threatening North Carolina communities, and shape transit and landfill policies.

Her work focusing on water quality and environmental justice issues is vital to SELC’s efforts and advocacy not only in North Carolina, but throughout our region.

Upon presenting the award, Eddie Nickens, the master of ceremony, for the banquet said, “…she was brought up to leave things a little better than you found them. To do the right thing. And thankfully, she has learned how to address those unfortunate situations in which folks walk away from the messes they’ve made. When they don’t do the right thing.”

Of the accolade, Taylor said, “There is so much work to do, but I am grateful to have partners like NCWF in this continued fight for clean water in North Carolina.”

Learn more about our environmental justice initiative and the fight for clean water.