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Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Receives Erchul Environmental Leadership Award

FullTextImage/img/@altRuss Baxter receives the Erchul Award from the Rev. Shelton Miles of River Bluff Farms in Long Island, Va., last year’s recipient. With them is Col. Dave Miller, interim director of the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics. — VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.

LEXINGTON, Va., April 8, 2014 – Russ Baxter, Virginia Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Chesapeake Bay, has been awarded the 2014 Erchul Environmental Leadership Award at the annual Environment Virginia Symposium.

The award recognizes a Virginian who has made significant individual efforts to better the environment. Nominees are judged on vision, expertise, commitment, integrity, communication skills, accomplishments, and diplomacy.

As award recipient, Baxter has selected the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Education Foundation as the non-profit recipient of the $1,500 prize.

Prior to his current appointment, Baxter was the Chesapeake Bay Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. He has also previously served as acting director and chief deputy director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, among other positions.

During his career Baxter has addressed legislative, policy, and programmatic issues related to point- and nonpoint-source pollution control, habitat restoration, land conservation, outdoor recreation, fisheries management, and land use.

Baxter holds a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in government from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

Now in its 25th year, the Environment Virginia Symposium annually brings together more than 600 environmental leaders from the public and the private sectors to exchange ideas and technologies to promote ecological sustainability and economic prosperity in the commonwealth.

This year’s symposium, which runs through April 10, will include more than 40 breakout sessions addressing topics including water resource and water supply management, policy and regulations, energy, conservation initiatives, stormwater, climate change, funding and collective impact, innovation, and sustainability.

Hosts for this year’s event are Virginia Military Institute, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Environmental Endowment.