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:

  • Is an outstanding leader in the effort to protect Virginia’s environment.
  • Supports capacity building for collaborative problem-solving in the Commonwealth through actions, contributions, and/or educational programs.
  • Stands as a role model to other individuals for the potential for 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.

Award Committee

The 2014 McCarthy Award Committee is composed of the Faculty and select Alumni of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. The Committee includes representatives of state and federal agencies, local government, communities, small businesses, private corporations and academic institutions in Virginia.

Please Send Nominations!

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form 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.

We accept nominations for the McCarthy Award year-round.

Nominations you wish to be considered for the 2014 McCarthy Award are due August 29, 2014. We will announce the winner of the McCarthy Award at our alumni event in October.

McCarthy Nomination Form 2014 (PDF)
Please note that some versions of Acrobat are not compatible with the nomination form.

Contact Information

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

Honored Recipients