ecoBenefete 2018

Honoring Rob Williams as our Distinguished Conservationist

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018  //  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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The Georgia Conservancy was proud to honor Rob Williams of the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and Georgia State University as the 2018 Distinguished Conservationist on September 22. The Distinguished Conservationist Award recognizes an individual or institution that has left a profound and lasting impact on the conservation and protection of Georgia's natural resources.

Through his various roles at IGEL, Rob Williams has helped to create an incredibly influential program that has provided environmental education, leadership development and conflict resolution skills to hundreds of Georgians, many of whom are today's leaders in business, science, conservation, industry, education and government, enabling them to constructively work through some of Georgia's most pressing environmental challenges.

We truly believe that without Rob Williams and the powerful influence IGEL has had on so many in leadership roles throughout our state, Georgians would not have the opportunity this November to vote on such a transformational conservation initiative like the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment, a referendum that, if approved by voters, will dedicate more than $20 million annually for the conservation of Georgia’s natural resources without raising taxes. The passage of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act during the 2018 General Assembly and its subsequent signing by Governor Nathan Deal was the direct result of the IGEL’s intense focus on finding solutions in a sea of contrasting backgrounds and opinions.

Most Georgians can agree that the protection of our lands, water and wildlife, as well as access to nature-based recreation, are very important to the future of our state. How we choose to go about it, though, is where some of those agreements often come to an end. The solution becomes the challenge.

Through hundreds of constructive and thoughtful meetings and conversations with and among our state legislators from both sides of the aisle a strong conservation measure was decided upon, one that has the opportunity to vastly improve not only the quality and health of our land and water, but also the lives of Georgia’s citizens.

IGEL alumni and the lessons that they have learned from Rob Williams are at the heart of not only the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Coalition, but many of the organizations, businesses and governments that have supported and called for dedicated conservation funding. His fingerprints have been present in all of these decisions and they are evident in the often challenging work we face to protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources.


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Past DistinguishED ConservationistS

The City of Columbus
Will Harris III
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Jim Kennedy
Ray Weeks
Clay Long
Laura & Rutherford Seydel
James Mackay
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Horizon
Senator Sam Nunn
Chuck Leavell
Eugene Odum

Governor Nathan Deal
Lieutenant Governor Pierre Howard
Georgia Tech College of Architecture
Ben Slade III
E. Cody Laird Jr.
Emory University
Atlantic Station
Charles Brewer
Garden Club of Georgia
Congressman John Lewis
Governor Zell Miller
Ray C. Anderson
Ted Turner