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Submit your nominations for the 2018 William K. Reilly Awards

Nominate your colleagues, mentors and peers for the 2018 William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership.

Awarded to two winners each year, the Reilly Awards recognize individuals from the government, private, and non-profit sectors who have contributed to innovation in environmental and energy policy, engaged diverse stakeholders, and helped nurture the leaders of tomorrow.  

Nominations of state, tribal, local, and community leaders, from both the US and abroad, are encouraged. Please click here to learn about past awardees.  

The Reilly Awards will be presented in March 2018, on the American University campus in Washington, DC, along with graduate student scholarships. Please click here to learn about the progress and accomplishments of our student scholarship winners.  

To submit your nomination, please click here. Nominations are due November 17, 2017.  

Questions? Please contact Danielle Miller Wagner, Center for Environmental Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University at

2017 Reilly Award Winners Announced

The Center for Environmental Policy has announced the winners of the 2017 William K. Reilly Awards for Environmental Leadership, Claire Barnett and Vannesa and Ben Henneke.

Claire Barnett is the founder and Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Network, a national 501c3 not for profit environmental health research, education, and advocacy organization.

Vannesa and Ben Henneke are the founders of The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program--an agriculture, tree-planting, sustainable development and carbon credit program that has succeeded in providing both economic development benefits and substantial CO2 reductions in a range of environments across Kenya, Uganda, India, and Tanzania.

Awards will be presented on March 30, 2017 at American University.

Jay Faison to deliver keynote address at William K. Reilly Awards, March 30, 2017

Jay Faison

The Center for Environmental Policy announces Jay Faison, CEO and Founder of the ClearPath Foundation, as the keynote speaker of the 2017 William K. Reilly Awards.

Jay Faison is the Founder and CEO of the ClearPath Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions. ClearPath's Action Fund is dedicated to building support for political leaders that believe in conservative clean energy solutions through market­based principles that capitalize on innovation. In the 2016 election, the ClearPath Action Fund helped elect 13 of the organization’s 15 endorsed Republicans. According to Faison, “Clean energy is good politics.”

Politico named Jay one of the top 50 “visionaries transforming American politics” in 2015.

Jay is also the Founder and Chairman of SnapAV, a high growth company that designs and distributes more than 2,000 audio-video related products to technology integrators worldwide. SnapAV has been named to the prestigious INC 500/5000 List, which ranks the fastest growing privately held companies in the US, for four years running. In 2013 SnapAV was acquired by General Atlantic, a leading growth equity firm.

Video History of William K. Reilly's Tenure as EPA Administrator

With support from the EPA Alumni Association, the Center for Environmental Policy produced a video history of William K. Reilly's tenure as EPA Administrator. Themes include water, land use and sustainability, climate change, political polarization and others. The Center hopes to further contribute to the history of EPA and other federal, state and local environmental governance.
Watch the Video Here

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