Bob Armstrong Award for Lifetime Achievement in Conservation-Jim Marston

April 10, 2018  | By Shoal Creek Conservancy

This award is named after Robert Landis “Bob” Armstrong, the 24th Texas Land Commissioner. Mr. Armstrong inspired this award because of his distinguished career devoted to public service. His environmental activism at the state and federal levels impacted millions, including his work in the creation of Big Bend Ranch State Park. Each year at the Shoal Creek Awards, we honor an individual with this award who has made a lifetime commitment to conservation in the spirit of Bob Armstrong.

In 2018, we are very pleased to honor Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

As stated in his EDF biography:  Mr. Marston is the founding director of the Texas office of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where he has served since its beginning in 1988. Jim was EDF’s State Climate Initiatives director from 2002 until 2009. In that position, he helped direct EDF’s successes on a wide-range of legislation and regulations to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Among EDF’s most important state climate victories was the passage of the California Car Greenhouse Gas Standards in 2002 that ultimately lead to national greenhouse standards for automobiles in 2010 and the passage of AB32 in 2006, the first state legislation with a cap on statewide emissions of greenhouse gases.

He is also a leader of the Pecan Street, Inc., a partnership that includes Austin Energy, the University of Texas, the Chamber of Commerce, and several large high/clean tech companies aimed at making fundamental changes in the nation’s electricity grid. Jim also helped to design and to advocate for some of the most innovative state legislation in the country including the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard that led to almost 10,000 MW’s of new wind energy in Texas and the first-in-the-nation “no regrets” global warming law.

Join us in congratulating Jim Marston and celebrating the great work he has accomplished in conservation.

The 2018 Shoal Creek Awards will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Cirrus Logic Conference Space, located at 700 West Avenue, Austin, TX 78701. A VIP reception runs from 5:00pm to 5:30pm, and the main reception runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Regular tickets, which provide access to the main reception, are $40. VIP tickets, which provide access to both the VIP reception and main reception, are $100. Tickets and information about event sponsors can be found here.