U.Va. Institute Seeks Nominations for Leadership Award in Environmental Conflict Resolution

February 15, 2010

February 16, 2010 — The University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation is seeking nominations for the Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution.

The institute gives the annual award to an individual, organization, local government, agency, educational institution or community. The nominee should be a leader in the effort to preserve and protect Virginia'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.

The institute will accept nominations for this year's award through March 31. A nomination form is available here. The institute will present the 2010 award 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 Institute for Environmental Negotiation. The institute will announce this year's recipient at the graduation of the 2010 Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute class in Charlottesville on June 4.

The institute created the award in 2004 to honor McCarthy, its first recipient, and his contributions to protect and promote environmental literacy in Virginia. Among other accomplishments, McCarthy brought environmental mediation to Virginia. As executive director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment, McCarthy has been instrumental in awarding funding to create and continue support of the institute.

The 2009 recipient was Joseph H. Maroon, former director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and former director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The institute recognized Maroon for his leadership and vision in leading non-governmental organizations and state agencies and his exemplary consensus-building skills.

For information on the award, contact Steve Talley, program manager for The Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute, at 434-924-6569 or set2y@virginia.edu

— By Jane Ford