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William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership

William K. Reilly

The Center for Environmental Policy at American University joined with corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to establish the William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership. This initiative, in honor of one of the most respected environmental leaders in the nation, supports a student scholarship, an annual lecture series and core program development activities for the center. The Reilly Fund also supports the William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award in order to recognize leaders in environmental governance and problem-solving. Read more about William K. Reilly »

About the Reilly Fund

The William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership is designed to further the center’s mission of improving environmental governance in the United States—that is, the institutions and means by which decisions are made that protect the environment and natural resources and enhance their relationships to the nation’s economic health and social well-being. The center invites corporate, foundation and nonprofit organizations to engage as William K. Reilly Fund sponsors. As environmental challenges become more complex, the country urgently needs platforms for engaging business, government, nonprofits and the academic community in constructive dialogue and in devising new ways of resolving environmental issues. Generous support of the Reilly Fund will be of tremendous help as the center seeks to provide meaningful forums for such dialogue based on sound analysis.

Sponsors as of April 11, 2014:


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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@amercian.edu or 202-744-6506) or Dan Mackeben (mackeben@american.edu or 202-885-3968).

2014 Event

The second annual William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership will be presented at an event on April 24, 2014, on the American University campus in Washington, D.C. The event will honor 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 will deliver a keynote address, Bill Reilly will provide remarks, and graduate students from the School of Public Affairs will be awarded scholarships.

2013 Event

The event included a lecture by William K. Reilly entitled, “Leadership for a Polarized Era,” in which he drew upon his experience in considering how to address today’s environmental challenges. Read about the event »

Watch the 2013 Ceremony




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