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Submit Your Nominations for the 2019 William K. Reilly Awards

Nominate your colleagues and friends for the 2019 William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership.

Awarded to two winners each year, the Reilly Awards recognize individuals from the government, private and non-profit sectors who have contributed to innovation in environmental and energy policy, engaged diverse stakeholders, and helped nurture the leaders of tomorrow.

Nominations of state, tribal, local, corporate and community leaders, from both the US and abroad, are encouraged. Please click here to learn about past awardees.

The Reilly Awards will be presented on March 21, 2019, on the American University campus in Washington, DC, along with graduate student scholarships. Please click here to learn about the progress and accomplishments of our student scholarship winners.  

Submit your nomination here by December 7, 2018.

Questions? Please contact Danielle Miller Wagner, Center for Environmental Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University at

Local Initiatives to Address Global Climate Change in the Trump Era

Despite the weather, this event is still on for this evening.
See you there!

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 7-9pm EST
Location: Spring Valley, Room 100, American University, Washington DC

Join Mary Cheh, DC City Councilmember, Ward 3, Eric Coffman, Chief, Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County, MD, and John Morrell, Director Energy and Environment Office, Arlington County, VA, for a discussion of the role of local leadership in addressing and facilitating community action on climate change. Convened in partnership with Global Peace Services USA.

Please contact Danielle Miller Wagner with any questions at

Childrens Health and Equity in our Changing Climate

Mark SchleifsteinDate: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 8-11:30am EST

Location: Arent Fox, 1717 K Street NW, Washington, DC


This symposium will explore the impacts of rollbacks of environmental regulations coupled with intensified climate change on factors such as extreme weather events, air and water quality, green space and other issues that directly impact children's physical and emotional development. Hosted by Arent Fox and convened in partnership with the Childrens Environmental Health Network. Featuring Mark Schleifstein, Pulitzer Prize winning Environment reporter, The Times-Picayune.

RSVP by Nov. 21st to

Please contact Danielle Miller Wagner with any questions at

Workshop on Environmental Protection, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning

On September 21, the Partnership for Technology Innovation and the Environment will host a workshop on applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support environmental data analysis and decision-making processes. Advances in uses of AI tools offer in the environmental field offer a great deal of promise for improving decision-making and environmental quality. This workshop will address two specific applications of AI tools -- risk assessments and water quality.

2018 William K. Reilly Award Winners Announced

The Center for Environmental Policy has announced the winners of the 2018 William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership, Mamie A. Parker and William Baker.

Mamie Parker is the former Head of Fisheries and Chief of Staff of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She is a committed and passionate fish and wildlife biologist with many years of experience in conservation, public speaking, advocacy, fundraising and community organizing. A history maker, Parker served as a public servant for almost 30 years and moved up to the highest ranks as the first African American appointed to the Senior Executive Service in the Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Will Baker is the President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation where he began his career as an intern, a few weeks out of college in 1976. He has served as President since 1982, leading the largest nonprofit conservation organization dedicated solely to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. His opinion pieces have been published in all major regional newspapers and the New York Times, and he has been repeatedly interviewed on all major television and radio networks.
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Environmental Careers Network

Meet career professionals dedicated to helping SPA graduate students learn about working in environmental policy. 

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2018 Reilly Scholarship Winners

2018 William K. Reilly Scholars Announced

The 2018 William K. Reilly Scholars are Samantha Pedreiro (MPA 2019) and Jake Assael (MPA 2019).

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Reflection on U.S. Environmental Policy

This video history, produced with support from the EPA Alumni Association, honors William K. Reilly’s tenure as EPA Administrator and his many contributions to federal, state, and local environmental governance.

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A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs, argues that policymakers need to protect the environment if they want the economy to grow in the long-term.

In his new book, A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth, which was published in December by Oxford University Press, Fiorino links academic research with policy analysis.

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George Hawkins Aims to Inspire Policy Passion at the Local Level

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