Maria Blancas

Maria Blancas, a School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Ph.D. student and staff member of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, is the recipient of the 2019 Bullitt Environmental Prize for her work with immigrant farmworkers in Washington.

Blancas, who is the daughter of farmworkers, leads a collaboration between UW researchers and farmworkers in Skagit and Whatcom counties. The $100,000 prize is given annually by the Bullitt Foundation, and Blancas will use it to complete her Ph.D. and create a digital platform for storytelling about farmworker experiences.

“Agricultural produce touches everyone through the food we eat, yet too often we forget the people working to bring it to our tables,” said Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation. “Maria’s work gives voice to people who are frequently hidden from view, highlighting impacts to their health and bringing their needs out of the shadows.”

Blancas was featured in a Seattle Times story published today. Read it here.