University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation Seeks Nominations for Leadership Award in Environmental Conflict Resolution

February 20, 2006

February 20, 2006 — The Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia is seeking nominations for the third annual Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution.

The annual award is given to an individual, organization, local government, agency, educational institution or community. The nominee should be a leader in the effort to preserve and protect the commonwealth’s environment; support collaborative problem solving through actions, contributions and/or educational programs; and be a role model to other groups and individuals for the resolution of environmental issues.

Nominations for this year’s award will be accepted through March 17. A nomination form is available at The 2006 award will be presented on behalf of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, a partnership program between the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education and the U.Va. Institute for Environmental Negotiation. This year’s recipient will be announced at the graduation of the 2006 class of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute in Charlottesville on June 1.

The Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution was created in 2004 to honor McCarthy, its first recipient, and his varied contributions to protect and promote environmental literacy in Virginia, including bringing environmental mediation to Virginia and his role in awarding funding to create and continue support of IEN. McCarthy is executive director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment.

The 2005 recipient, Paul A. Rakowski, was recognized for his leadership in creating partnerships between the Navy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. These collaborations helped to bring about successful programs to restore the environment at Navy and Marine Corps installations in Virginia. Rakowski is the installation restoration program manager for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Norfolk.

For more information about the award, contact Caroline K. Wilkinson at (434) 924-6569 or