The Board of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 Herman Daly Award—Annie Leonard, founder and co-director of The Story of Stuff Project, which seeks to raise awareness about the environmental implications of consumption and waste. Congratulations, Ms. Leonard! This award is given in honor of Herman Daly, one of the visionaries who founded the field of ecological economics. The award is designed to recognize individuals who have connected ecological economic thinking to practical applications and implementation of solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution and efficient in allocation. The award will be presented in conjunction with the 7th biennial conference, to be held June 9-12, 2013 at University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.
Annie Leonard is a sustainability advocate, critic of excessive consumerism, and an expert in international sustainability and environmental health issues. She has more than 20 years of experience investigating factories and dumps around the world, and she communicates worldwide about the impact of consumerism and materialism on global economies and international health. She is most known for her animated film The Story of Stuff (2007) about the life cycle of material goods. With over 15 million views, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time. Annie also wrote a book called The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health–and a Vision for Change, which was published by Free Press (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) in March 2010.
Annie’s efforts over the past two decades to raise awareness about international sustainability and environmental health issues have included work related to environmental justice, citizen engagement, public health, and environmental protection. She currently serves on the boards of GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) and Public Citizen. Previously, she has served on the boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, and the International Forum for Globalization. She also served as coordinator of the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption (now the Sustainability Funders), a funder collaborative working for a sustainable and just world. Annie did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in city and regional planning at Cornell University, both in New York.
Congratulations to Annie Leonard, the 2013 recipient of the Herman Daly Award!