AERO presents Cowgills with agriculture award

32_aero_cowgill2999Four agriculture and energy awards were presented recently at 2011 AERO’s 37th annual meeting Sustainability Begins at Home at Glacier Camp in Lakeside.

The Awards Ceremony is an opportunity for AERO to honor innovators in the sustainable energy and agriculture community.

AERO presented Billings Architect Ed Gulick with the Sustainable Energy Award in the Implementer Category for his efforts and accomplishments in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings in Montana. Gulick  is the principal architect of Northern Plains Resource Councils’ Platinum LEED headquarters, “Home on the Range”. He is an architect at High Plains Architects and has worked for years to green the building industry in Billings.


AERO’s Sustainable Energy Award in the Instigator Category went to Lawrence Gallagher, recently retired as Senior Management Analyst, Field Policy and Management, in the Helena Field Office for the Office of Field Policy and Management for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. He also served as HUD’s Region VIII Energy Conservation Point of Contact.


Gallagher was chosen for the award for his steadfast support and advocacy for energy efficiency and conservation within HUD and at numerous public meetings around the state.

AERO’s Northern Rockies Sustainable Agriculture award in the Researcher/Educator category went to Paul Hubbard of Missoula County’s Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC). Working as Land Use Coordinator, he developed Land Link Montana, a farm and ranch transfer program that aims to connect landowners and producers. He  has also worked resiliently on farmland conservation, ensuring that local subdivision zoning preserves farmland. The groundwork that CFAC has laid is now being developed into the Ag Land Network of Montana, connecting these issues across the state.

Hubbard is a community educator – advocating for farmland conservation to state legislators, local government officials, students and the general public at community events.

Conrad-based farmers and activists Jacob and Courtney Cowgill received AERO’s Northern Rockies Sustainable Agriculture award in the Independent Category.

The Cowgills have been very committed to resilient rural communities and busy with their innovative work producing and offering Montana’s only bean and grain CSA though their farm, Prairie Heritage Farm.