Presented to Frederick S. Middleton III for 25 years of using the power of the law to protect the environment, through the founding and leadership of the Southern Environmental Law center.
2012 Rossie Fisher
James River Garden Club, Zone VII
Presented to Rossie and Sandy Fisher
In recognition of their lifelong dedication to environmental stewardship as pioneers in the field of organic and sustainable farming through their work at Brookview Farm.
2011 Pollinator Partnership
Awarded to Pollinator Partnership for effectively championing pollinators by building awareness of their importance and promoting pollinator-friendly legislation, scientific research and horticultural practices.
2010 Deen Day Sanders
Presented to Deen Day Sanders, For a lifetime of benevolent support for institutions and causes that nurture and protect our planet and its people.
2009 U.S. Green Building Council
Presented to U.S. Green Building Council, S. Fedrizzi, President and CEO
In recognition of outstanding leadership in creating the LEED system that radically transforms our building standards and provides a powerful framework to protect our environment.
2008 Wendell E. Berry
Presented to Wendell E. Berry, internationally celebrated writer and thinker, farmer and an active prophet in our time, on behalf of this earth. His writing is grounded in the specifics of his life as a Kentucky farmer.
2006 Sydney Shafroth Macy
Presented to Sydney Shafroth Macy, Regional Vice President and State Director of the Conservation Fund in Colorado. She has a remarkable career in preserving over 70 parcels of land encompassing over 70,000 acres. She spearheaded the initiative for use of lottery proceeds for land conservation.
2004 Jean Wallace Douglas
Presented to Jean Wallace Douglas in recognition of a lifetime devoted to the vision and practiice of sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and conservation of the earth's natural resources.
2003 Eleanor Torrey West
Presented to Eleanor Torrey West for preserving, in this era of unchecked consumption, rampant development, and needless waste, Osabaw Island Georgia's 26,000 acres of ecological importance and pristine beauty.
2002 Hylah Boyd
The Tuckahoe Garden Club of Westhampton, Zone VII
Presented to Hylah Haile Boyd, who has tirelessly served the Commonwealth of Virginia in her efforts to protect and preserve scenic treasures. Billboard removal, preserving open space, implementing Treasured Trees Distinction Awards, the designation of Scenic Byways regionally and nationally are other projects undertaken by Mrs. Boyd.
2000 Audrey Rust
Presented to Audrey Rust, Presdient of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, whose inspired leadership in the field of land preservation has permanently protected over 36,000 acres in the fast growing Silicon Valley.
1998 John A. Williams
For "setting the standard" for beautiful landscaping for all areas of development.
1996 Helen C. Fenske
Presented to Helen C. Fenske for her superior leadership and tireless efforts to make New Jersey's Great Swamp a National Wildlife Refuge and her deep involvement in environmental issues for thirty-five years.
1994 Janet MacDonald Bates
Presented to Janet MacDonald Bates, citizen-advocate, whose tireless leadership and dedication to environmental protection, restored the health and beauty of Lake Waramaug, Connecticut.
1992 David Packard
Presented for his ongoing commitment to researching and fostering the growth of native plants and wildlife in California, and encouraging long-term national efforts in the areas of conservation and the preservation of natural habitats.
1990 Dr. Kerry S. Walter
Presented for his leadership in the development of a computerized plant conservation data system. He combines a strong botanical and horticultural knowledge with innovative computer skills to allow major botanical gardens to play a key role in saving many of the most threatened plant species.
1988 Maureen Odgen
In recognition of her tireless and effective environmental advocacy, and her sponsorship of innovative legislation to protect the natural resources and beauty of the State of New Jersey.
1986 Wallace C. Dayton
For his exceptional contribution to environmental conservation both in this country and abroad.
1985 The Outdoor Circle of Hawaii
For playing a dominant role in protecting Hawaii's environment, conserving its natural resources and beautifying Honolulu for over 70 years.
1984 Patrick F. Noonan
For insuring America's enjoyment of its magnificient natural heritage, especially through his outstanding service as President of the Nature Conservancy from 1972 to 1980.
1983 Mrs. Willis L. M. Reese
In recognition of her unflagging efforts and expertise in bringing about, after a 17-year struggle, the "Storm King Mountain Settlement", and her continuing concern for the Hudson River Valley.
1982 Richard W. Lawrence, Jr.
In appreciation of his nationally significant service to conservation, and for his continued effort to conserve for future generations the fragile heritage of natural beauty.
1981 Eugene P. Odum
For pioneering in new approaches to the study of ecology and through public education using his knowledge to help create environmental changes that improve the quality of life.
1980 Mr. Richard Gordon Gray, Sr.
In recognition of his concern for the quality of fresh water and for establishing the Freshwater Biological Research Foundation.