Lundie Spence, a North Carolina Sea Grant education specialist, has been named a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Hero for 2000. The program recognizes heroes for their tireless efforts in preserving and protecting the country's environment. Spence has been with the Sea Grant program twenty-two years. Among her environmental efforts is Big Sweep in North Carolina, a volunteer effort started in 1987 to clean trash from beaches and waterways. The program is now in all 100 North Carolina counties.