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Riehm Award Call for Nominations

Wednesday February 5, 2014

The 2014 recipient of the Joan Riehm Memorial Environmental Leadership Award will be announced on or around Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Joan dedicated much of her professional life to making Louisville a better place to live and work. She worked primarily in the public sector, for the city of Louisville, the state of Kentucky and for Louisville Metro, helping create the newly merged city and county. Joan was in public service for the right reason - to make things better in her community. Among her strongest talents were her ability to rally people around an idea and her ability to communicate. She was instrumental in creating the Partnership for a Green City, creating the director’s position and a lifelong advocate for being green and living green. The Partnership seeks to honor Joan’s leadership and memory annually on Earth Day through this award.

Eligibility – Public service employees limited to the Partnership members (Jefferson County Public Schools, Jefferson Community & Technical College, Louisville Metro government and University of Louisville) and quasi-governmentals (Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Louisville Water Company, Metropolitan Sewer District and Transit Authority of River City). Nominees should possess a leadership role in the promotion of environmental sustainability. There are no self-nominations.

Submittals - Electronic nominations are preferred in Word or portable document file (pdf) format. Nominations may include additional supporting documentation (e.g. résumé, letters of support, photographs, flyers, supportive news clippings, etc.). Hard copy submittals may be mailed to the Partnership mailing address.

NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014. The review committee will consist of people from outside the partner organizations.

Criteria – Nominations will be scored on the following criteria:

  1. Innovation and creativity of the sustainability change - up to 20 points.
  2. Sustainable leadership provided outside regular job duties - up to 20 points.
  3. Long-term impacts of sustainability change – up to 20 points.
  4. Degree that the individual contributed to making the change – up to 20 points.
  5. Outside recognition and adoption of the innovation – up to 20 points.

The 2014 Joan Riehm Memorial Environmental Leadership Nomination Form



Mailing Address:

E-Mail Address Phone

Nominated by:

E-Mail Address Phone

The Partnership for a Green City seeks to recognize leadership in an individual capacity that promotes environmental sustainability efforts in the community. The person could have implemented a sustainability project, program or event. The nominee could be knowledgeable and educate others or may be a catalyst in an organization or the community. The focus of the work should be on moving toward greater environmental sustainability.

Joan Riehm brought people together to collaborate on issues important to Louisville with environmental issues and sustainability being close to her heart. In that spirit, we are creating an open nominations process where the individual(s) making a nomination can be as creative and innovative in the nomination format. Nominations can be in prose form, PowerPoint or Prezi, video or any other easily disseminated format for the Judges. Supplemental information such as letters of support or project information will be considered with the nominations due by March 31, 2014.

Nominees should be public sector employees of the Partnership organizations. Self-nominations are not permitted. The Partnership for a Green City reserves the right to select more than one recipient in any year.

The award includes a $500 honorarium.

The complete nomination should be e-mailed to or mailed to: Partnership for a Green City, UofL Urban Studies Institute, 426 W. Bloom Street, Louisville, KY 40208

Nomination packets of the previous recipients are available at, but don’t let the scale of previous nominees prevent anyone from making a nomination.

Acknowledgement and Authorization – As the nominator, I understand that the information submitted with this nomination will be used to assess the nominee’s eligibility for the award. I certify that all the information provided on this nomination form and in the documents accompanying it is true, accurate and complete.

Signature: Date:

Riehm Award Recipients:

2010 – Larry L. Owsley, Vice President of Business Affairs, University of Louisville

2011 – Michael Mulheirn, Director of Facilities and Environmental Services, Jefferson County Public Schools

2013 – The Honorable Tina Ward Pugh, Louisville Metro Councilwoman, District 9

2014 – Pamela Dumm, Business Manager, Jefferson Community & Technical College

2015 - ?