Erchul Environmental Leadership Award
The Erchul Environmental Leadership Award recognizes a Virginian who has made significant individual efforts to better our environment. Nominees are judged on the basis of vision, expertise, commitment, integrity, communication skills, accomplishments, and diplomacy. Nominees may come from any field or endeavor.
The award is named for Captain Ronald A. Erchul, USN, Retired, who served as a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Military Institute for 27 years. Captain Erchul, Ph. D., was the founder and coordinator of the Environment Virginia Symposium until his retirement. He passed away October 2011.
Winners of the Erchul Environmental Leadership Award
Russ Baxter, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for Chesapeake Bay
W. Shelton Miles, III
Chair of the Board, 2006-2012
E. Cabell Brand
Timothy G. Hayes, Hunton & Williams
Cindy Berndt, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Michael Lipford, The Nature Conservancy
Ann Jennings, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Ward Burton, Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation
Local Government: John Carlock, Deputy Executive Director of Physical Planning, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
State Government: David K. Paylor, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia
Federal Government: David L. Nelms, U.S. Geological Survey
Business and Industry: Robert L. Dunn, Environmental Affairs and Community Relations Manager for DuPont
Not-for-Profit: Katherine (Kay) Slaughter, Senior Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center
Education: Ann M. Regn, Director of the Office of Environmental Education, Department of Environmental Quality.
Tayloe Murphy, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates
Dennis Treacy, Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Jay Gilliam, Coordinator, Save our Stream, Izaak Walton League
Joseph Maroon, Virginia Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Honorable Mention: Private Sector - Robert Dunn, DuPont & Carol Wampler, Virginia Manufacturers Association
Honorable Mention: Public Sector - John Daniels, Department of Environmental Quality; Harry Gregori, Department of Environmental Quality, & Ann Regn, Environmental Education Coordinator, Department of Environmental Quality