This award is open to any individual currently employed by or who has retired from an AMA mining member or associate member. Individuals eligible for this award include mining company employees, third-party professional service providers, or those employed in a consulting role. An ideal candidate for this award is an environmental manager, environmental engineer, permit manager, or other professional responsible for regulatory compliance, reclamation, permitting, or emergency response related to environmental compliance. Potential candidates can also include professionals responsible for the design or implementation of BMPs, water treatment, environmental controls, or work related to stream or wetland mitigation and restoration.
This award recognizes an individual whose career has been dedicated to managing or leading the environmental affairs for a mining company. Complying with complex environmental regulations is a challenging task that requires the dedication of a competent and dedicated professional. Over the course of one’s career, standards change and require an environmental professional to continuously adapt and innovate. The responsibilities of this role are demanding. An environmental professional must be proactive, vigilant, and ready to respond to an emergency 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The success of a mining operation depends on this individual.
In assessing the applicants for this award, judges should consider the following:
- How many years has the nominee worked in the mining industry as an environmental professional?
- How complex or demanding is the nominee’s area of responsibility?
- How have the regulatory obligations and regulatory oversight for a mining company increased during the nominee’s tenure?
- What is the cumulative responsibility of the nominee?