Cleary Medal

Edward J. Cleary Award

The Cleary Award is given to an individual who is an outstanding performer in the management of environmental protection enterprises conducted under either public of private auspices who have demonstrated exemplary professional conduct, personal leadership, originality in devising new environmental protection techniques and sensitivity and responsiveness to social, economic, and political factors in environmental protection.

For the full list of eligibility criteria and information on how you can submit nominations for a worthy Environmental Engineer or Environmental Scientist, click here.


Cleary Winner

2015 Edward J. Cleary Award Recipient

Kevin Shafer, P.E.

Kevin Shafer became executive director at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in 2002. As executive director, he is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction for MMSD. Under his leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative ways to manage stormwater runoff. His regional leadership was recognized through the District's receipt of the 2012 U.S. Water Prize, awarded by the U.S. Water Alliance.

Prior to joining the District, Shafer spent 10 years in private industry and six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. Currently, Kevin is Chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation and as the Chair of the U.S. Water Alliance's Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Council.

Shafer received a bachelor's degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois and a master's in civil engineering from the University of Texas. In 2007, Shafer the Kodak American Greenways award for MMSD's pioneering GreenseamsĀ® Program. In 2012, he was recognized by the University of Wisconsin's LaFollette School of Public Affairs with the Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award, honoring his career of innovations aimed at implementing green infrastructure. In 2013, he was awarded the Daniel H. Burnham Visionary Award. In 2014, he was honored by the Public Policy Forum with the Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence.


Past Winners

Year

Recipient

2014

Walter F. Bailey

2013

Alan H. Vicory, Jr.

2012

Joseph F. Malina, Jr.

2011

Richard F. Lanyon

2010

Stephen R. Maguin

2009

Walter J. Bishop

2008

Jeanette A. Brown

2007

Leo Weaver

2005

James E. Foxworthy

2003

James M. Symons

2001

James F. Stahl

1999

Thomas M. Hellman

1997

N.C. Vasuki

1995

Frank Dalton

1993

Duane L. Georgeson

1991

William K. Reilly

1989

Jay D. Hair

1987

LTG E. R. Heiberg, III

1985

William D. Ruckelshaus

1983

William J. Carroll

1981

Joseph T. Ling

1979

John D. Parkhurst

1977

Paul D. Haney

1975

Martin Lang

1973

Samuel S. Baxter

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