Winners of the 2018 Shoal Creek Awards

April 10, 2018  | By Shoal Creek Conservancy

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 4th annual Shoal Creek Awards. We are honored to celebrate these individuals who continuously work to improve our community. Each of our honorees has led or participated in a project that has made a positive impact on the Shoal Creek Watershed. They will be honored at a community celebration the evening of May 8th at Cirrus Logic in downtown Austin.

The winners of the 2018 Shoal Creek Awards include:

Bob Armstrong Award for Lifetime Achievement in Conservation: Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund. 

Mr. Marston is the founding director of the Texas office of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). As EDF’s State Climate Initiatives director from 2002 until 2009, he helped direct a wide-range of legislation to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. This ultimately led to the passage of the first state legislation with a cap on statewide emissions of greenhouse gases.

The 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.


Keystone Award: John Gillum of the Austin Public Library, for leading the development of the New Central Library on the banks of Shoal Creek. 

Mr. Gillum has thirty-seven years experience in the planning, design, construction and management of public libraries. His work on programming and development of library buildings includes eighteen branch library projects including the New Central Library Project for the City of Austin.


Good Neighbor Award: North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association, for developing a neighborhood plan that embraces walkability, alternative transportation, and access to urban green space.

When completed, this plan will offer recommendations to guide North Shoal Creek into becoming a more Complete Community. A Complete Community is one which provides access to employment, shopping, and other amenities and services, accommodates people of all ages, and is easy to travel about and to local destinations.


2018 People’s Choice Award: Nominees include The Grove Wine Bar & KitchenBarley Swine, and Frank & Angie’s.

You may vote on the Best Watershed Eats as many times as you like through 5pm on April 30th, 2018.


Please join us in congratulating Mr. Marston, the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association, Mr. Gillum, and these three standout eateries. We thank them for their significant contributions to the community.

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 event sponsors information is on our events page.