From groups who have come together to save koalas to locals trying to keep unwanted clothing out of landfill - there are plenty of amazing people in the region worthy of recognition.
The Newcastle Herald has brought readers tales of great environmental initiative throughout the year, and now we're calling on them to vote for their favourite for the 2020 Hunter Hero award, presented by the Newcastle Herald and Hunter Water.
Voting opened on December 7 and has been extended until Christmas Day.
The top five nominees will then be forwarded to Hunter Water to decide the winner, who will be announced in January.
The Hunter Hero column, which appears each Monday, has taken on an environmental theme this year - highlighting people in the community who are working to protect and conserve the natural world we live in.
Among those featured include Landcare groups, schools and recycling organisations all doing their bit to help the environment.
NOTE: VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THE 2020 HUNTER HERO