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

January 30, 2009

January 30, 2009 — The Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia is seeking nominations for the fourth annual Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution.

The award is given to an individual. The nominee should be a leader in the effort to preserve and protect the commonwealth's environment; should 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 20. A nomination form is available online.

The 2009 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 June 4 in Charlottesville at the graduation of the 2009 class of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

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 the Institute for Environmental Negotiation. McCarthy is executive director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment.

The 2008 recipient, Marjorie Mayfield Jackson, executive director of the Elizabeth River Project in Portsmouth, was recognized for her leadership and vision in creating partnerships between public agencies, private businesses and nonprofits to restore the heavily polluted Elizabeth River.

Kathy Rae Frahm was also recognized in 2008 with a lifetime award for her service as policy director to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

For information on the award, contact Christine Gyovai at 434-982-6464 or christineg@virginia.edu.    

— By Jane Ford