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U.Va.’s Institute For Environmental Negotiation Seeks Nominations For Leadership Award In Environmental Conflict Resolution

April 22, 2005 -- The Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia is seeking nominations for the second annual Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution.

The annual award is given to an individual, organization, local government, agency, educational institution or community. The nominee should be a leader in the effort to preserve and protect the commonwealth’s environment; 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 are due May 1. A nomination form is available at www.virginia.edu/ien/mccarthyaward.htm.

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 IEN. McCarthy is executive director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment.

Other groundbreaking work by McCarthy and the endowment includes his involvement in launching the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Office, establishing the Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Shore Office and programs, starting the Izaak Walton League Save Our Streams program in Virginia, establishing the state’s Office of Environmental Education and starting the multispecies, ecosystem-based Chesapeake Bay fisheries program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

For more information on the award, contact Caroline K. Wilkinson at (434) 924-6569 or cwilk@virginia.edu.    

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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