2011 Honorees and Presenters
2011 Honoree: Ms. Albina Ruiz
For Albina Ruiz trash is good business! Concerned by the health and environmental threats posed by inadequate public-sector solid waste disposal services, and the consequent accumulation of huge masses of garbage and other forms of refuse in urban areas of Peru, Ruiz came up with an idea that would impact the lives of thousands of Peruvian women.
2011 Presenter: Honorable José María Figueres Olsen
José María Figueres served as President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. As such, he was the youngest President of a Central American country in modern times. During his presidency, he created a comprehensive national Sustainable Development strategy combining sound macroeconomic indicators, together with strategic investment in human development, and a strong alliance with nature through the implementation of innovative environmental policies. Prior to serving as President he was Minister of Foreign Trade (1987-1988) and Minister of Agriculture (1988-1990).