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Center for Environmental Policy

William K. Reilly Fund's Annual Lecture & Award Series

Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Reilly Awards

The Center for Environmental Policy's William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership recognize individuals in environmental careers who demonstrate the qualities of leadership, innovation, engagement of diverse interests, effective problem solving and contributions to future generations of environmental leaders. These awards, named in honor of one of the most respected leaders in U.S. environmental policy, will be given at a ceremony to be held at American University on March 26, 2015. Read more »

2014 Event

The second annual William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership were presented at an event on April 24, 2014, on the American University campus in Washington, D.C. The event honored award winners Daniel C. Esty, former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, executive director of the Children's Environmental Health Network, for their contributions to innovations in environmental policy. At the event U.S. Senator Bob Graham delivered a keynote address, Bill Reilly provided, and graduate students from the School of Public Affairs were awarded scholarships.

Watch the 2014 Ceremony




2013 Event

The first annual William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership were presented on April 23, 2013 at an invitation-only gala that awarded outstanding SPA students with scholarships and honored a pair of leaders in the world of environmental policy, Deerin Babb-Brott and Jeffrey Leonard.

Watch the 2013 Ceremony






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Organizational sponsors of the Reilly Fund will be recognized for their support at Center for Environmental Policy events, in communications and on the center’s website. Sponsors will also receive special recognition at the April 2014 event and have the opportunity to engage with Mr. Reilly, the award recipients, other sponsors and American University leaders.

Support the Fund

To learn more about these benefits and about making a contribution to the Reilly Fund please contact Danielle Miller Wagner (djmwagner@american.edu or 202-744-6506) or Dan Mackeben (mackeben@american.edu or 202-885-3968).

Leadership Awardees 2014

Daniel C. Esty
Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Center for Business and Environment at Yale

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon
Executive Director for the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)

Scholarship Winners 2014

Jennifer Hernandez, SPA/MPP '15
Kavita Mak, SPA/MPP '15

Leadership Awardees 2013

Deerin Babb-Brott
Director of the White House National Oceans Council

Jeffrey Leonard
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Environment Fund

Scholarship winners 2013

Kristina Bell, SPA/MPA’14
Samuel Cramer, SPA/MPP’14
Zachary Rybarczyk, SPA/MPP’14