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LCC Partners Named as Climate Champions

Date: 11/16/16

Two key partners active in the Gulf Coast Prairie/LCC Network, the late Ken McDermond and Tom Doyle, were recipients of the 2016 Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Awards.  

These Awards recognize departmental employees and partners who attained exceptional achievements under Executive Order 13693 “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade” and for cleaning up contaminated land. The Award categories are:  Building the Future; Climate Champion; Environmental Remediation; Good Neighbor; Green Dream Team; Greening the Fleet; Green Innovation; Keeping It Clean; Lean, Clean and Green; Purchasing Power; Resilience Role Model; Ripple Effect; and Sustainability Hero.  

An interdisciplinary panel of reviewers from the Department’s bureaus and offices evaluated nominations to recommend Award recipients and honorable mentions. The Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance chairs the panel.

The 2016 Interior Environmental Achievement Award "Climate Champions" are: 

Climate Champion

Dr. Richard Bennett, North East Regional Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts

Dr. Thomas Doyle, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Louisiana   

Mr. Ken McDermond, Region 4 Headquarters, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgia


Another LCC partner, John Tirpak of the USFWS Gulf Restoration Office, came up with the concept and need for a SLR "state of the science" and the need for the SLR handbook.  The Southeast Climate Science Center funded this project has been vital and pointed out the need for a consistent, Gulf-wide approach.

Congratulations to all the recipients!