Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

McCarthy Award

 Award Criteria

The Gerald P. McCarthy Award for leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution is presented annually to an individual who fosters collaboration and has taken a leadership role in preserving and protecting Virginia’s environment.

The honored individual:

  • Demonstrates leadership in protecting Virginia's environment.
  • Supports collaborative problem-solving in the Commonwealth through actions, contributions, and/or educational programs. 
  • Stands as a role model to other individuals for the value of bringing stakeholders together to resolve environmental issues in Virginia’s communities, organizations and agencies

The McCarthy Award is not open to nominations for VNRLI faculty or staff.


2015 McCarthy Award Nomination Form

To submit a nomination, complete the form below detailing the nominated individual’s qualifications based on the three criteria above and, if applicable, a description of any documented or tangible results of the nominee’s work in Virginia.

Please feel free to attach additional supporting materials, especially those available in electronic form. Letters of support from others familiar with the nominated individual are encouraged, but please limit to no more than 2 letters of support.

Nominations you wish to be considered for the 2015 McCarthy Award are due April 17th, 2015. We will announce the winner of the McCarthy Award at the graduation ceremony for the VNRLI Class of 2015 on June 11th, 2015 in Charlottesville. 

For more information about the Award and the nomination process, contact Tammy Switzer at 434-924-5041 or

Honored Recipients