Arbor Day Award Winner Highlights: J. Sterling Morton Award

Each year the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes outstanding individuals, environmental leaders, and innovative organizations for their sustainable conservation efforts on an international, national, state and community level through the Arbor Day Awards Program. The 2014 Arbor Day Awards were presented April 26 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. During May we’ll highlight the award winners.

J. Sterling Morton Award—Dr. Kim Coder

9[1]This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has had a positive impact on the environment due to their lifelong commitment to tree planting and conservation at a national or international level.

Dr. Coder is a renowned educator, lecturer and author at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. His passion and contributions to community forestry has helped establish Georgia as an international leader in urban and community forestry.

“This is a great honor, and represents a continuing responsibility to provide the best tree science education to individuals and communities,” Coder said.

The International society of Arboriculture granted him the highest award for arboriculture education.

Jim Skiera, Executive Director of the ISA, states, “Dr. Kim Coder has had a tremendous impact on the industry as one of the founding developers of the International Society of Arboriculture Certification program.  He was a critical spark that helped light the fire in the industry to establish best practices via the formalized adoption of a widely respected continuing education and rigorous certification program.”

He is also a founding member of the Georgia Urban Forest Council in the state of Georgia and founding faculty member of the Institute for Environmental Management and Planning in the country of Georgia (in the region of Eurasia). Dr. Coder has earned his esteem in being globally recognized as an expert on the effective planning and proper care required in growing a community tree canopy.

Are you aware of an outstanding individual or organization that is an exemplary steward of our Earth?  If so, please consider nominating them for our 2015 Arbor Day Awards.

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