Renewable Natural Resources Foundation

Programs

RNRF conducts national conferences, congressional forums, public-policy briefings and round tables, international outreach activities, and a national awards program.

Awards


RNRF is now accepting nominations for the 2014 awards program.

Submissions due May 30, 2014.
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The Foundation has three annual awards to recognize outstanding achievements in the renewable resources fields. Two of the awards—established in 1992—were the first awards to honor interdisciplinary achievements with an emphasis on the application of sound scientific practices in managing and conserving renewable natural resources.

The Sustained Achievement Award recognizes a long-term contribution and commitment to the protection and conservation of natural resources by an individual.

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a project, publication, piece of legislation, or similar concrete accomplishment that occurred during the three years prior to nomination for the award. (An individual cannot receive this award.)

RNRF's Excellence in Journalism Award, established in 2001, honors and encourages excellence in print journalism about natural resources. RNRF seeks to advance public education and understanding of important natural resource issues through the dissemination of accurate and scientifically-based information about the environment. The award recognizes work by an individual, group, or organization for print media (such as a book, on-line report, or article/feature in a newspaper, magazine, journal, or newsletter).

RNRF also awards a Chairman's Award for professional service to the foundation.


Sustained Achievement Award Recipients


1992 - Gilbert F. White, Boulder, Colorado
1993 - Marion Clawson, Washington, District of Columbia
1994 - E. William Anderson, Lake Oswego, Oregon
1995 - William E. Larson, St. Paul, Minnesota
1996 - William M. Lewis Jr., Boulder, Colorado
1997 - William B. Stapp, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1998 - Jane Lubchenco, Corvallis, Oregon
1999 - Jack Ward Thomas, Missoula, Montana
2000 - William J. Carroll, Pasadena, California
2001 - John Cairns Jr., Blacksburg, Virginia
2002 - Edward O. Wilson, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2003 - Michael P. Dombeck, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
2004 - L. Pete Heard, Madison, Mississippi
2005 - V. Phillip Rasmussen Jr., Logan, Utah
2006 - Heidi Margrit McAllister, Silver Spring, Maryland
2007 - Cecil Lue-Hing, Burr Ridge, Illinois
2008 - William Matuszeski, Washington, District of Columbia
2009 - Frank H. Wadsworth, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
2010 - William H. Schlesinger, Millbrook, New York
2011 - Richard B. Alley, University Park, Pennsylvania
2012 - Frederick R. Steiner, Austin, Texas
2013 - Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr, Nashville, Tennessee

Former Vice President Al Gore is Recipient of 2013 Sustained Achievement Award

Al Gore is the recipient of RNRF’s 2013 Sustained Achievement Award. The Sustained Achievement Award recognizes a long-term contribution and commitment to the protection and conservation of natural resources by an individual. Throughout his years of public service, Gore was a vigorous advocate for environmental protection. Today, he continues to fight for rational stewardship of the Earth, particularly relating to global climate change.

After completing a bachelor of arts in government at Harvard College in 1969, Gore enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1985, and served as a U.S. Senator from 1985 to 1993. In 1993, Gore was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States and served for eight years.

Gore is the founder and chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection and is co-founder and chair of Generation Investment Management and Current TV. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the World Resources Institute and of Apple, Inc., and as a senior adviser to Google. He is a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he heads its climate change solutions group. Gore spends most of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis.

Gore has been involved with environmental issues since 1976, when as a congressman he held the first congressional hearings on climate change. In 2007, Gore was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change." He is the author of several best selling books including Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Climate Change





Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients


1992 - Water Resources Education Initiative (accepted by a consortium of nonprofits and federal agencies)
1993 - Illinois Rivers Project (accepted by Illinois River Project, Inc.)
1994 - Continental Conservation Plan (accepted by Ducks Unlimited)
1995 - Manatee Messages Educational Video (accepted by Save the Manatee Club)
1996 - Florida Marine Spill Analysis System (accepted by Florida Department of Environmental Protection)
1997 - Bruneau River Elk Management National Demonstration Area (accepted by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)
1998 - New Jersey Shore Cleanup Initiative (accepted by a public/private partnership)
1999 - Guest River Restoration Project (accepted by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)
2000 - Snow Goose/Arctic Ecosystem Education Initiative (accepted by Ducks Unlimited)
2001 - Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes, and Practices (accepted by NRCS on behalf of a consortium of federal agencies including ARS, CSREES, USFS, EPA, TVA, FEMA, NOAA/NMFS, USACE, HUD, BLM, BOR, FWS, NPS, USGS/BRD/WRD)
2002 - Natural Resources Leadership Course for Extension Agents (accepted by Cooperative Extension at Texas A&M University)
2003 - Seafood Lover's Almanac (accepted by National Audubon Society)
2004 - The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States (accepted by The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment)
2005 - Life at the Water's Edge: A Shoreline Resident's Guide to Natural Lakeshore and Streamside Buffers for Water Quality Protection (accepted by Cooperative Extension at Clemson University)
2006 - Putting Communities in Charge: A Progress Report on an Educational Support System for Local Land Use Decision Makers (accepted by the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program of Cooperative Extension at the University of Connecticut)
2007 - National Coastal Assessment (accepted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Gulf Ecology Division)
2008 - Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection: Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (accepted by Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Governor's Office of Coastal Activities)
2009 - Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, an exhibition in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History
2010 - Michigan's Water Withdrawal Assessment Process (accepted by Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment)
2011 - LEED for Neighborhood Development (accepted by U.S Green Building Council in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council)
2012 - Changing Planet (accepted by NBC Learn/NBC News in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Discover magazine)
2013 - Chasing Ice (accepted by Jeff Orlowski, director, producer and cinematographer)

Chasing Ice is Recipient of 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award

Chasing Ice is the recipient of RNRF's 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. The award recognizes a project, publication, piece of legislation, or similar concrete accomplishment in the natural resource fields.

Chasing Ice is a documentary film about the efforts of photographer James Balog and his project, the Extreme Ice Survey, to gather undeniable evidence of climate change. The film follows the project’s effort to mount dozens of time-lapse cameras throughout the Arctic and exhibits the striking evidence captured. Compressing years into seconds, the photographs show the rapid disappearance of ancient mountains of ice. Featured in the film is an event never before captured on video – the calving of an iceberg the size of lower Manhattan from a glacier in Greenland.

The documentary premiered in 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival. Following the film's award-winning Sundance premiere, it has captured 29 festival awards while its cast and crew have worked to raise public awareness of the film and its message. It has been shown in over 170 countries and was screened at the United Nations and Congress, as well as at The White House on Earth Day in 2013. The film is an undeniable representation of the effects of climate change on the Arctic landscape.

More information on Chasing Ice and associated outreach efforts is available at www.chasingice.com. Further information on efforts by the Extreme Ice Survey to document our changing planet and provide a "visual voice" to its changing ecosystems is available at www.extremeicesurvey.org.

Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski served as director, producer, and cinematographer of the documentary. He accepted the award on December 11, 2013, at RNRF's Congress on Coastal Resilience and Risk at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland. Orlowski is founder of Exposure, a production company geared toward socially relevant filmmaking.

 




Excellence in Journalism Award Recipients


2001 - Bay Journal, Karl Blankenship, editor; Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, publisher
2002 - "Georgia's Disappearing Songbirds" by Charles Seabrook, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2003 - "Our Troubled Sound" by a team of reporters led by Robert McClure, Lisa Stiffler, and Lise Olsen, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
2004 - "Toxic Air: Lingering Health Menace" by Jim Bruggers, The Courier-Journal  (Louisville, Kentucky)
2005 - "Invaded Waters" by Tom Meersman, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
2006 - "Crude Awakening" by a team of reporters, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
2007 - Platte River Odyssey, the magazine, produced by College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2008 - "Fueling Iowa's Future: Biofuels" by a team of reporters, The Des Moines Register
2009 - "Invasive Species of Oregon," Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon)
2010 - The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action, a book by Ned Tillman
2011 - Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children Ages 3-7, produced by Council for Environmental Education
2012 - "Reversing 300 years of damage / A movement is under way to purge the trash, bacteria and pollution that have long infected the city's heart" by Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun
2013 - Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis, a book by Cheryl Colopy

Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis is Recipient of 2013 Excellence in Journalism Award

Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis, written by Cheryl Colopy, is the recipient of RNRF’s 2013 Excellence in Journalism Award. The award honors and encourages excellence in print journalism about natural resources. RNRF seeks to advance public education and understanding of important natural resource issues through dissemination of accurate and scientifically-based information about the environment.

Dirty, Sacred Rivers was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. It was researched and written by Colopy during seven years of travel and residence in South Asia. In Dirty, Sacred Rivers, Colopy explores the region's severe water crisis, showing how traditionally revered rivers have deteriorated dramatically due to economic development and gross mismanagement including the deleterious effects of dams, embankments, and sewage channels. The book incorporates important and relevant environmental research in conjunction with a detailed study of the cultures of South Asia.

Colopy draws important conclusions about how to approach the water crisis and offers potential solutions. She also highlights the efforts of local individuals to manage rivers, and other water resources using centuries-old methods, leading the way to water sustainability and healthier rivers.

The award was presented to Cheryl Colopy on December 11, 2013 at RNRF's Congress on Coastal Resilience and Risk at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland.
 




Recipients of Chairman's Award for Professional Service to the Foundation


2001 - Albert A. Grant, Public Interest Member of RNRF Board of Directors, Potomac, Maryland
2002 - John S. Dickey Jr., American Geophysical Union, Washington, District of Columbia
2003 - John Marvin Jones II, JM Jones & Associates LLC, McLean, Virginia; Robert H. Metz, Linowes and Blocher LLP, Bethesda, Maryland; and
Larry E. Walker, The Walker Group LLC, Bethesda, Maryland
2004 - A.F. Spilhaus Jr., American Geophysical Union, Washington, District of Columbia
2005 - Howard N. Rosen, Society of Wood Science and Technology & USDA Forest Service, Silver Spring, Maryland; and David L. Trauger, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, Falls Church, Virginia
2006 - Sarah Gerould, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry & U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia
2007 - Enos K. Fry, Provident Bank, Gaithersburg, Maryland
2008 - Enos K. Fry, Provident Bank, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Robert H. Metz, Linowes and Blocher LLP, Bethesda, Maryland; John Marvin Jones II, JM Jones & Associates LLC, McLean, Virginia; and Larry E. Walker, The Walker Group LLC, Bethesda, Maryland
2010 - Sarah Gerould, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry & U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia
2013 - Ann Cairns, American Geophysical Union, Washington, District of Columbia

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