CRF Executive Director Receives Dockery Award

Rick Gaskins, the Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, was the 2013 recipient of the James S. Dockery, Jr. Southern Environmental Leadership Award.

CRF Executive Director Receives Dockery Award

Stephen Dockery (son of Jim Dockery), Rick Gaskins and Rick Middleton (SELC Executive Director)

RICK GASKINS RECEIVES AWARD FROM SELC FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP


 

November 18, 2013 (Charlotte, NC) – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is pleased to announce that during its annual board meeting on November 16, Rick Gaskins was awarded the 2013 James S. Dockery, Jr. Southern Environmental Leadership Award.  This prestigious recognition is given to an individual who exemplifies exceptional commitment to the environment, helping to conserve natural resources and promote public awareness in the South.

Mr. Gaskins has been working to solve environmental issues in the southeast for 29 years, as an attorney in private practice, as a volunteer attorney for various conservation groups, as the Catawba Riverkeeper, and as Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.  In addition to his work in the Catawba basin, Rick Gaskins is the Chair-elect of the North Carolina Conservation Network, he is a past Chair of the Environmental Section of the N.C. Bar Association, a past-chair of an international group (the ASTM Global Sustainability Committee) that established voluntary standards for activities affecting the environment, and as a board member of various other organizations.

"I am humbled to receive this award in honor of Jim Dockery, one of the South's premier environmental stewards, from an organization of the caliber of SELC," said Mr. Gaskins. "The award is particularly meaningful for me because I practiced law with Jim Dockery in the firm of Petree Stockton, and know first-hand of Jim’s passion for the environment and commitment to making North Carolina a better place for all of its residents."

The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional nonprofit using the power of the law to protect the health and environment of the Southeast (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama). Founded in 1986, SELC's team of more than 60 legal and policy experts represent more than 100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast and wetlands, transportation, and land use. 

"We are delighted to honor Rick Gaskins with this award," says Rick Middleton, SELC's Founder and Executive Director.  "We have worked with Rick on various issues ranging from leaking coal ash lagoons to transportation projects and we have witnessed his commitment to protecting this special region. Residents of the Carolinas are fortunate to have such a dedicated friend working to ensure that our natural heritage will be passed down to our future generations."

The Southern Environmental Leadership Award was created in honor of SELC's co-founder and former board chair, Jim Dockery. Until his death in 1994, Mr. Dockery's noted environmental leadership helped protect tens of millions of acres of mountain wilderness around the nation. His contributions to the southeast region are remembered annually by this leadership award.

 

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About the Southern Environmental Law Center

The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional nonprofit using the power of the law to protect the health and environment of the Southeast (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama). Founded in 1986, SELC's team of more than 60 legal and policy experts represent more than 100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast and wetlands, transportation, and land use.

WEB: www.SouthernEnvironment.org

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/selc_org

 

About the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a nonprofit organization with members in South and North Carolina that educates and advocates to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basins’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

WEB: www.catawbariverkeeper.org

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/CRFRiverkeeper

 

 

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