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 or private auspices and has 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

2018 Edward J. Cleary Award Recipient

Karen L. Pallansch, P.E., BCEE

Ms. Pallansch currently serves as CEO for Alexandria Renew Enterprises, previously known as the Alexandria Sanitation Authority. She has served as CEO for twelve years, during which time she led a rebranding effort that incorporated a successful a public - developer partnership.

Prior to her work with AlexRenew, Ms. Pallansch worked for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as a Senior Engineer and as a General Engineer with the Department of the Army, charged with rehabilitating army ammunition bases and managing munitions research.

Ms. Pallansch has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's Degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University, Texarkana. She is a registered Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has a Class I wastewater license, is a Water Environment Federation Fellow, and is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Ms. Pallansch volunteers with several organizations, including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) where she serves as a Board member. She is a board member of the Virginia Municipal League Insurance Pool and also serves on the board of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria First Night, and the WateReuse Foundation. She was previously chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation Research Council and served as an ex officio member of the WERF Board.

Ms. Pallansch was recently named a 2017 Northern Virginian of the Year by Northern Virginia magazine and a Woman Who Means Business by the Washington Business Journal.

Past Winners

2017 Murthy, Sudhir
2016 Lynch, Kira
2015 Shafer, Kevin
2014 Bailey, Walter F.
2013 Vicory, Jr., Alan H.
2012 Malina, Jr., Joseph F.
2011 Lanyon, Richard F.
2010 Maguin, Stephen R.
2009 Bishop, Walter J.
2008 Brown, Jeanette A.
2007 Weaver, Leo
2005 Foxworthy, James E.
2003 Symons, James M.
2001 Stahl, James F.
1999 Hellman, Thomas M.
1997 Vasuki, N.C.
1995 Dalton, Frank
1993 Georgeson, Duane L.
1991 Reilly, William K.
1989 Hair, Jay D.
1987 Heiberg, III, LTG E. R.
1985 Ruckelshaus, William D.
1983 Carroll, William J.
1981 Ling, Joseph T.
1979 Parkhurst, John D.
1977 Haney, Paul D.
1975 Lang, Martin
1973 Baxter, Samuel S.

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