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Community Center / News / Virgin Islands / November 15, 2018

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands announced on Wednesday that nominations are being accepted for The Euan P. McFarlane Award to recognize outstanding environmental leadership in the Insular Caribbean.

The McFarlane Award was established in 1987 to provide recognition for persons demonstrating initiative, resourcefulness and leadership in promoting conservation and enhancement of the environment in the insular Caribbean, with priority given to the smaller islands of the eastern Caribbean.

Endowment funding for the award was provided by the late Laurance S. Rockefeller, and the program was initially administered by Island Resources Foundation (from 1987-2014). The McFarlane Leadership Award is now managed by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) as a part of its programming of support to youth, learning, families and the environment.

Nominees for the McFarlane Award should be persons who have applied themselves to the preservation of the natural or built environment on one or more of the small islands of the Caribbean and whose career or avocation demonstrates an appreciation of and support for the advancement of environmental stewardship and balanced development in the Caribbean.

Who is eligible

Any resident of a Caribbean island is eligible for nomination, although priority consideration will be given to residents of the smaller eastern Caribbean islands. Any interested individual or organization familiar with the nominee may make a nomination. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Cash Award

Each selected McFarlane Award recipient will receive an unrestricted US$1,000 cash award.


Nominations, not to exceed three single-spaced typed pages, should state the background, accomplishments, and merits of the person nominated. The nominator must supply the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of at least 3 other persons familiar with the nominee’s work and accomplishments, who could be contacted for additional information. Attachments that support the nomination (e.g., press clippings, testimonials, letters of endorsement, etc.), not to exceed five pages, may accompany the letter but are not required and cannot be returned. Nominations are preferred as e-mails and attachments, sent to: [email protected]

Award Criteria

Nominations will be reviewed by an Advisory Committee of individuals familiar with the region, and the award will be based on an assessment of how well the nominee meets the following general criteria:

  • Nominee’s role in increasing public awareness about conservation issues.
  • Nominee’s achievements in helping to formulate public policy that balances economic development objectives with sustainable development goals.
  • Nominee’s accomplishments in strengthening public or private sector institutions and organizations concerned with conservation, preservation, or resource management issues.
  • Nominee’s role in developing, promoting, or assisting programs or policies which conserve or protect key elements of the natural or built environment in the Caribbean.
  • Nominee’s potential for future environmental leadership in the insular Caribbean.

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