The John V. Kabler Award

Established in 2001, the John V. Kabler Memorial Award is presented annually to Maryland’s most outstanding environmental leaders and organizations. Motivated to act on behalf of the environment in the wake of the Three Mile Island crisis in the late 1970s, 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.”

John V. Kabler Memorial Awardees

  • 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

The Legislator of the Year Award

Established in 2012, the Legislator of the Year Award honors the environmental champions from the most recent legislative session. Past recipients of the award include State Senator Paul Pinsky, Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh, Delegate Liz Bobo, Delegate Jim Hubbard, State Senator Catherine Pugh, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, and Chairman Kumar Barve.

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.

2017Award to Emitsburg Mayor Don Briggs

2018Award to Salisbury Mayor Jake Day

2019Award to Business Owner Ryan James