The Youth Stewardship Award was given to Julian Glasser, a senior at Orcas High School. Julian has been a vanguard of promoting bicycle commuting in his community by cycling the 16-mile round trip commute from his home in Olga to Orcas High School. When he first began doing this, he was the only student to arrive at the high school by bike…now there are numerous students who commute to school that way. He is currently building bike racks for the community to use, and has created a community BikeShare program, rebuilding several bikes for that effort.
Julian was a member of the high school Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) class. He also pioneered the recycling program at Orcas High School four years ago, single-handedly taking responsibility for recycling every Friday until the program got off the ground. Last year, he converted a diesel-powered Mercedes into one which ran on vegetable oil he obtained from The Thai Sisters restaurant in Eastsound, and he is currently serving as the President of the Ecology Club.