Each year, the Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) accepts nominations for the John W. Tolbert Jr. Environmental Award. Nominations are accepted in December and the award is presented during the first quarter of the following year.
Nominations for the Tolbert Award
If there is an individual, student, group, or business you think has demonstrated a commitment to protecting the Leesburg environment, nominate them for the annual Tolbert Environmental Award.
The EAC and Town Council present the award to individuals, community groups, businesses, and students who benefit the Town’s environment by conducting or participating in activities such as:
- Participation in recycling and use of recycled or repurposed materials, including composting, collection programs, etc.
- Pollution prevention
- Waste reduction
- Protection of the natural environment
- Enhancement of the natural environment
- Cleanup of litter or debris
- Environmental education
- Monitoring the condition of Leesburg’s environment, such as streams, habitat, etc.
The EAC and the Town of Leesburg recognize that these activities are vital to sustaining the quality and health of our community and significantly contribute to the long-term well-being of our Town for generations to come. They have presented the award to the following for their environmental stewardship and commitment:
Recipients of the Tolbert Environmental Award
2019 Tycho Svoboda
2018 Fran Grozier
2017 Hasina Siddiq
2016 Plum Grove (Re)Cyclery
2015 Tuscarora High School Environmental Initiatives
2014 Wks Family and Cub Scout Pack 982
2013 Loudoun County High School Ecology Club and Chick-fil-A
2012 Chiara Solitario, Felicity Francis and Julie Gurnee
2011 Natalie Pien and The Ecology Club at Smart's Mill Middle School
2010 Doner Bistro
2009 David Fuller and Kincaid Forest HOA
2008 Elizabeth Coates, Emily Zatorski and South Street Under
2007 Nicole Hamilton and The Loudoun County Master Gardeners Demonstration Team
2006 Charles G. “Chuck” Jones, The Kincaid Forest HOA, Save the Trail, and Gem Bingol
2005 Loudoun Country Day School and Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District
History of the John W. Tolbert, Jr. Environmental Award
The Tolbert Award honors the life of John W. Tolbert, Jr. A county resident since 1931 who served the Town and Loudoun County and enriched the lives of its residents. Mr. Tolbert was the first African American elected to the Town Council where he served for 14 years. He served as Vice Mayor from 1988 to 1990. At the time of his death in December 1999, Mr. Tolbert was chairman of the EAC.