Terri Swearingen is a former nurse and environmental activist who, since the 1990s, has been fighting against waste incinerators industries, bringing about many important changes regarding environmental safety and waste management throughout the United States. Through her fight against the company Waste Technologies Industry (WTI) in Ohio, she and the Tri-State Environmental Council, a grassroots coalition of citizens from three states that she co-founded, are given credit for bringing attention to the debate about waste incinerators, prompting the governor of Ohio, the EPA, Congress and even the Clinton administration to start reviewing waste incineration laws and rules. Photo credit: The Goldman Environmental Prize