The John V. Kabler Memorial Award

Established in 2001, the John V. Kabler Memorial Award is presented annually to Maryland’s most outstanding environmental leaders and organizations. Awardees are selected at the discretion of Maryland LCV’s board of directors.

John Valentine Kabler dedicated his life to the people he loved, to making change through the political process, and most importantly to the Chesapeake Bay. Kabler’s work helped create protections for Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay that benefit us all today. He played a crucial role in banning the use of phosphate detergents in the Bay area, and he worked to create non-tidal wetlands protection and the state’s Critical Areas program that controls waterfront development.

Motivated to act on behalf of the environment in the wake of the Three Mile Island crisis in the late 1970s, John Kabler inspired a handful of his environmental colleagues to become active in political campaigns. Together these leaders founded the Maryland League of Conservation Voters in 1979. Until his death in 1996, John Kabler was a key leader of the Maryland conservation movement.

Sandy Kabler, the wife of the late John V. Kabler, remembered his passion and dedication to preserving the Chesapeake Bay: “John saw a need for action and leadership to protect the Chesapeake Bay and stepped up to bring the community and leaders together and hold our elected officials accountable. He worked tirelessly to protect a key asset in our ecosystem and community.”

The award is dedicated to John Kabler’s enduring memory and the principles he fought for and cared about so deeply.

John V. Kabler Memorial Awardees

  • 2021   Dr. Sacoby Wilson

  • 2020   No awardee due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • 2019   Robert Gallagher

  • 2018 Jeff Horstman on behalf of Shore Rivers

  • 2017  The 2016 Prince George’s County Promotores Class

  • 2016  The Central Maryland Beekeepers Association

  • 2015  Prince George’s County Department of the Environment Director Adam Ortiz

  • 2014   Nancy Davis and Ajax Eastman

  • 2013   1000 Friends of Maryland Executive Director Dru Schmidt-Perkins

  • 2012  Maryland DNR Secretary John Griffin

  • 2011  Congressman Chris Van Hollen

  • 2010  Speaker of the House of Delegates, Michael Busch

  • 2009  U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski

  • 2008   Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest

  • 2007   Former Governor Harry R. Hughes

  • 2006  U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings

  • 2005   Maryland’s Chesapeake Waterkeepers

  • 2004   Former EPA Administrator Russell Train

  • 2003   Maryland Senator Brian Frosh

  • 2002  U.S.Senator Paul Sarbanes

  • 2001  Inaugral Recipient Governor Parris Glendening

Legislator of the Year 

Established in 2012, the Legislator of the Year Award honors environmental champions from the most recent legislative session. Awardees are selected based on leadership and commitment to promote and pass equitable laws and policies for clean water, healthy air, and a resilient climate.

  • 2021   Senator Cory McCray

  • 2020   No awardee due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • 2019   Senator Cheryl Kagan and Delegate Brooke Lierman

  • 2018   Delegate Marc Korman

  • 2017   Delegate Kumar Barve

  • 2016   Senator Catherine Pugh

  • 2015   Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo

  • 2014   Legislator Lifetime Achievement recognition: Delegate Liz Bobo and Delegate Jim Hubbard

  • 2013   Delegate Chair Maggie McIntosh

  • 2012   Inaugural recipient Senator Paul Pinsky

Theodore Roosevelt Award

In recognition of the individual, group, or organization whom through a specific action, event, or body of work will leave a positive conservation legacy that mirrors the ethos of President Theodore R. Roosevelt, often considered the “conservationist president.”

  • 2020   No awardee due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • 2019   Ocean City, Maryland, business Owner Ryan James

  • 2018   Salisbury, Maryland, Mayor Jake Day

  • 2017   Emitsburg, Maryland, Mayor Don Briggs

Other Awards

Presented as deemed appropriate by the Maryland LCV members of the board

  • 2019   Senator Brian Feldman – Climate Champion award

  • 2018   Baltimore Beyond Plastic – Youth Leadership award

  • 2017   CBF’s Will Baker – Chesapeake Champion award

  • 2013   Governor Martin O’Malley – Climate Visionary award

  • 2011   Charles “Chuck” Fox – Environmental Leadership award

  • 2009   Keith Campbell – 30th Anniversary Pearl award

  • 2004   Jennifer & Ted Stanley – Silver Anniversary award