PORTLAND, Maine — Maine House Speaker Hannah Pingree is the recipient of a top award from Maine’s largest environmental advocacy organization.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine presented Pingree with its 2010 Environmental Award on Thursday in Portland. The council gives the award each year to a person or group who has made a difference in protecting Maine’s environment.

Executive Director Brownie Carson said Pingree has successfully advocated for bills that improve Maine’s water and air quality, promote the use of clean energy, conserve Maine lands and protect people’s health.

Carson called Pingree a “true champion” for Maine’s people and environment.