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Nominations Open for William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Governance and Leadership

Daniel Etsy and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon with Daniel Fiorino and SPA Dean Barbara Romzek
2014 Reilly Award Winners Daniel Etsy, second from right, and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, second from left, pose with Daniel Fiorino and SPA Dean Barbara Romzek.

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.

Two awards will be given—one for an individual in government (local, state, tribal or federal) and the other for an individual in the non-profit or business sector.

Award nominations will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Provided effective leadership over a sustained period of time in environmental, energy, or sustainability issues in the United States
  • Contributed to innovations in environmental solutions or new approaches to environmental or energy policy
  • Demonstrated the ability to engage and inspire others in achieving significant results
  • Worked across the public, private, and non-profit sectors to solve problems in an inclusive and bi-partisan manner
  • Inspired or mentored early-career professionals

The Center for Environmental Policy is soliciting nominations for these awards. Nominations can be submitted by clicking here and completing the application by January 9, 2015. Decisions about the Awards will be made by a subcommittee of the Program Advisory Board of the Center for Environmental Policy. The awards will be presented at the March 26, 2015, program at American University.

Under the direction of Daniel J. Fiorino, the Center for Environmental Policy is focused on improving environmental governance in the United States and finding innovative approaches to the most pressing environmental challenges. The Center sponsors lectures and programs to promote the exchange of ideas, convenes forums to encourage dialogue, and conducts research on how institutional approaches, policies, strategies, and collaborative models improve environmental outcomes. Most importantly, it engages a range of people, interests, and organizations in more effective environmental problem-solving. It is the only university-based institute focused on the intersection of environmental policy and governance in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. More information on the Center and its activities may be found at For questions about the award, please contact Danielle Miller Wagner at 202-744-6506 or

For individuals wishing to submit a nomination but who prefer to use a Word document instead of a survey tool, please email a document with the information available here (page 2) to by the nomination deadline of January 9, 2015.

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