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POST President Receives Leadership Award

May 11, 2009 | POST | Palo Alto, CA

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POST President Audrey Rust Receives First Annual Environmental Leadership Award  from Sen. Barbara Boxer

PALO ALTO, CA -- Audrey Rust, president of Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), has received the First Annual Environmental Leadership Award presented by Sen. Barbara Boxer and the California Democratic Party. The awards were established to recognize individuals who are working to make significant positive change to conserve the environment. Rust was honored for her 22 years of land conservation work at the helm of POST, a local nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving the beauty, character and diversity of the San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountain range for people here now and for future generations.

“Audrey has a remarkable record of accomplishment at POST,” said Sen. Boxer. “More than 63,000 acres of open space have been protected under her leadership. I’m pleased to honor Audrey with my Environmental Leadership Award in recognition of her exceptional achievement.”

Rust and six other honorees—including actor, director and longtime environmentalist Robert Redford—were presented with awards at a ceremony held last Friday at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Special guest honoree Redford is a Board Trustee for the National Resources Defense Council and has a connection to POST as a past speaker in its annual Wallace Stegner Lecture Series, a major fund-raising event for the donor-supported land trust.

Audrey Rust has served as CEO of POST since 1987. Under her leadership, POST has worked successfully in partnership with public agencies and private landowners to bring permanent protection to tens of thousands of acres of open space in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

Rust championed the protection of threatened coastal lands through POST’s 2001-2005 Saving the Endangered Coast campaign, which raised more than $200 million to protect 20,000 acres of land along the San Mateo Coast. She also oversaw POST’s 1996-1999 Completing the Vision campaign to save essential open space on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Major properties saved by POST under Rust’s watch include the 1,252-acre Phelger Estate, in Woodside; 1,623 acres at Bair Island, in Redwood City; 4,262-acre Rancho Corral de Tierra, near Montara; and three acres of prime coastal land at Whaler’s Cove at Pigeon Point, near Pescadero. More recent projects include 1,047-acre Mindego Hill, along Skyline Ridge in La Honda; 952-acre Toto Ranch, in San Gregorio; 206-acre Wavecrest, in Half Moon Bay; and more than 1,400 acres protected in just the past year and a half in south Santa Clara County.

Before coming to POST, Rust worked with the Sierra Club, Yale University and Stanford University. She has served on the boards of numerous local, state and national organizations, primarily in the conservation and housing arena. She has received the Times Mirror-Chevron National Conservationist of the Year Award; the League of California Voters Environmental Leadership Award; the Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal, the Garden Club of America's top environmental honor; and the Jacqueline Kennedy Award from JFK University for her achievements in land conservation.


POST is a leading private, nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving the beauty, character and diversity of the San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountain range. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving 63,000 acres as permanent open space and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

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