The Audubon Connecticut Environmental Leadership Awards Benefit is held each Spring to honor an individual or group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. It is an honor to recognize the following 2019 honorees.
To learn about the past honorees, select here.
Recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award
Thomas E. Lovejoy, PhD
Thomas E. Lovejoy is a world-renowned conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity” during his nearly five decades of work in the tropical rainforests of the Brazilian Amazon. He is further credited with founding the field of climate change biology, including the publication of three co-edited books and his production of the first projection of global extinctions for the Global 2000 Report to the President.
Dr. Lovejoy is currently University Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and Scientific Director of the GMU Institute for a Sustainable Earth, as well as Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and Explorer at Large for the National Geographic Society. Previously, he served as President and Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and on the science and environmental councils in the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. Dr. Lovejoy holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology from Yale University.
Recipient of the Katie O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award
For nearly eighteen years, Camille has brought her passion for environmental education to Audubon, volunteering as a Teacher Naturalist at the Audubon Center in Greenwich, serving on the center’s Board of Directors and chairing its Education Committee. In 2003, Camille received Audubon’s Charles H. Callison Award, the organization’s highest volunteer honor.
An active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, Camille developed the Nature Education Center at the Seton Scout Reservation and serves as Cubmaster for Cubscout Pack 9. She is a past PTA President for the Greenwich High School PTA, member of the Greenwich Alliance for Education Advisory Board, and Vice President of the Greenwich Land Trust.
An outdoor enthusiast since childhood, Camille earned her B.A. in Biology from William and Mary. After working in immunology at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, she earned a degree in horticulture while living in London with her husband Craig and their two sons, Sean and Mark.