2011 Erchul Leadership Award
Cindy Berndt, director, Regulatory Affairs/Citizen Boards, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Cindy writes, "When I look at all that previous winners and other nominees have accomplished, I wonder what I did to be included; however, I am humbled by the honor and I thank everyone for considering my career worthy of the award." Read full thank you letter from Cindy.
"It is hard to imagine how environmental regulations could be effectively developed in Virginia without the expertise and leadership of Cindy Berndt. For 40 years, she has worked tirelessly at DEQ to help ensure that air, water, waste, and now renewable energy regulations are accurate, consistent, and legally sufficient. At any time of day (and often night as well), Cindy can be found advising and collaborating with her fellow DEQ staff members; members of the Air, Water, and Waste Boards; citizens from all different stakeholder groups; and even colleagues in other agencies and states.
Her knowledge is encyclopedic; her generosity in sharing her expertise, limitless; her integrity and fairness, unquestionable; and her kindness and sense of humor, unequaled. Cindy has often been an "unsung hero" working expertly in the background. This award would help recognize her vital and inestimable contributions to environmental protection in our state."