Michael Aitkenhead, the steward of the Wakeman Town Farm in Westport, has been named an "Environmental Champion" by the Aquarion Water Co.

Aitkenhead, also an environmental science teacher at Staples High School, was selected as this year's adult winner in the awards program, and was presented a $2,500 grant to make to a nonprofit environmental group of his choice. Aitkenhead's award, and those in three other categories, were announced by Aquarion in a June 8 ceremony at Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

The water company's awards program, according to a news release, recognizes volunteer projects that have contributed to improving environmental quality through a variety of ways.

Aitkenhead, in his role at the town-owned Wakeman farm, oversees educational and outreach programs that promote sustainable agriculture and gardening in the community.

"The stewardship of our natural resources is a core value at Aquarion Water Co.," Charles V. Firlotte, president and CEO of Aquarion, said in the release. "We are pleased to be able to once again recognize businesses, organizations and individuals from across the state who have made significant, lasting contributions to Connecticut's environment."