Vision Into Action Award 2016


Goes to Deanne Clough of Clough Construction

(San Rafael, CA) February 24, 2016 – The Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) announced Deanne Clough as the winner of their fifth-annual Vision Into Action (VIA) Award. The VIA Award is presented each year to an outstanding community member who enacts change to improve and promote sustainable ventures in the region.
Deanne, Sustainable Contractor with the City of San Rafael, is being honored for her commitment to environmental education, sustainable building practices, and mindful construction. With Deanne’s leadership, Clough Construction has launched an educational program with the community around the importance of responsible forestry.  Clough’s message is that with mindful purchasing of FSC paper and FSC lumber products we can actually save, strengthen and protect the forests. These practices and their extensive support of environmental stewards in the community have earned Clough Construction the National 2015 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award, Marin County Green Business Certification, a membership on the Marin Builder Association’s Green Committee, and the Sustainable North Bay Award for February 2012 by Congressman Jared Huffman.
Deanne and Clough Construction have tremendously supported MarinSEL in both materials and mentorship. Clough Construction has been an internship employer of four MarinSEL students throughout the past two years, providing invaluable first-hand insight on how to promote Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified materials. Deanne has personally advised students on advocating for FSC-certified paper to the Dixie School District School Board. She organizes and sponsors the annual junior field trip to visit FSC-certified lumber company in Ukiah. Deanne and Clough Construction have donated labor, materials and expertise to the Environmental Engineering class, enabling projects such as the fence around the school garden, chicken coops, biomimicry playhouses, and other learning practices. Deanne’s support of youth environmental education also extends to the Global Student Embassy, where she is a Board Member, student mentor, and green sponsor.
The VIA Award is voted on entirely by students and staff of the Marin School of Environmental Leadership. Nominees include local business and environmental leaders whose work demonstrates commitment and innovation toward environmental issues. Previous winners of the VIA Award include Cory Bytof of the City of San Rafael; Dawn Weisz, Executive Officer of Marin Clean Energy; Patty Garbarino, President of Marin Sanitary Service, and Marilee Eckert, CEO of Conservation Corps North Bay. MarinSEL will present and honor Deanne with this award at their annual Business Leaders Mixer on March 31st. Community members and businesses are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

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Marin School of Environmental Leadership
The Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) at Terra Linda High School is a progressive multi-disciplinary project-based school designed to engage students and create community leaders of tomorrow. Through collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity, the MarinSEL program provides each student with the opportunity to develop fundamental skills along with community service, real world and field-based opportunities to help build leadership qualities focused on creating a more sustainable future. Visit for more information.

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