Green Tie Awards

2018 Green Tie honorees

Representative of the Year
Deb Butler

Senator of the Year
Erica Smith

Catalyst Award
GenX researchers Detlef Knappe and Larry Cahoon

The Joe Award
Former Sen. Angela Bryant

Rising Star Awards
Representatives John Autry, Cynthia Ball, Chaz Beasley, Mary Belk, MaryAnn Black, Terry Garrison, Joe John, Marcia Morey, Amos Quick, and Billy Richardson

2018 Green Tie sponsors

Sustainable Tie
Linda Edmisten
Kelly Clark

Gold Tie
League of Conservation Voters
Jim Overton and Mary Mountcastle
Wallace & Nordan, LLP

White Tie
A. Philip Randolph Institute
Elizabeth Redenbaugh
Rachel and Steve Smith
Marcia Angle and Mark Trustin
Katherine Seligmann
Clean Air Carolinas
Southern Energy Management
Sen. Terry Van Duyn
The Sexton Group
Cal and Elizabeth Cunningham
John and Ann Campbell
Mary Baggett

Black Tie
Richard Bierly
Carrie Clark
Environmental Defense Fund
Mac and Carol Montgomery
NC Wildlife Federation
The Law Office of F. Bryan Brice, Jr.
Marion S. Sullivan
Sarah Ward and Angie Ma
Nina Szlosberg-Landis and Kel Landis

Silk Tie
Lucy Allen
Peter Cari
Barden Culbreth
Marcia Morgan
Dr. Robert Brown
Mountain True
Rep. Billy Richardson and Barbara Richardson
Rep. Marcia Morey
Harvard Ayers
Rep. Joe John
Rep. Verla Insko
Chris Heagarty
Rachel Carson Council
Rep. Cynthia Ball and David Aspnes
Gene Karpinksi
Dan and Sarah Crawford
Mary Beth Powell and Bill Rote
Smith Moore Leatherwood
Jane Clark

Each spring, NCLCV hosts our annual Green Tie Awards to honor environmental champions who have stepped up and spoken out on our issues at the General Assembly and in the public. You can see highlights from the 2017 event here.

This is the event to be at every year, right at the intersection of the environment and politics! Given what’s at stake in 2018, you don’t want to miss this year’s event featuring our special guest, North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper, and the honorees and sponsors to the left! Click here or on the image below to purchase your tickets and sponsorships!

…we like to say “thank you” to our friends and champions.

2017 Green Tie Awards See who championed conservation, climate change & clean energy More info

Past Green Ties

Revisit the festivities and see our past Green Tie recipients and sponsors

2016 Green Ties
2015 Green Ties
2014 Green Ties
2013 Green Ties
2012 Green Ties
2011 Green Ties
2010 Green Ties
2009 Green Ties
2008 Green Ties
2007 Green Ties

Green Ties Award Distinctions

Rising Stars:

New voices at the General Assembly that North Carolina citizens can count on to ensure the environment is a priority, particularly when there are difficult decisions and conflicting interests. These legislators make the environment one of the issues they champion as they move into leadership positions.

Representative & Senator of the Year:

There are not enough environmental champions in our legislature currently to create a pro-conservation agenda, but we are working towards that goal. This Green Tie award acknowledges the few legislators who step up to the plate consistently. They sponsor and pass sound environmental legislation, are proactive on environmental issues, and have a notable environmental record. They are a reliable voice for issues impacting our natural resources, work effectively with the environmental community, and make protecting the environment a priority when making hard decisions.

Defender of the Environment:

Understanding that legislators have many different constituencies, this award recognizes those legislators who not only are a strong and consistent voice for the environment, but who are willing to take a stand against bad environmental legislation and the well-heeled pollution lobby, or defend communities against environmental degradation. Their dedication is remarkable–often in the in the face strong opposition. They are committed to doing what’s right regardless of political ramifications.


The Catalyst Award is presented to someone who has taken exceptional action to create change and/or to bring attention to an important environmental issue. The award recognizes someone with a long history and/or strong commitment to serving the public and protecting environmental quality. (Not an annual award.)

“The Joe” Award

In honor of former House Speaker Joe Hackney who defined the term “Environmental Champion,” NCLCV awards “The Joe” to legislative champions who have or will be leaving the NC General Assembly.

Jane Sharp Lifetime Achievement:

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the environmental movement. This individual will have had a “lifetime” of environmental achievements. Their body of work is extensive and pervasive throughout the environmental community–many times with long-range effects and benefits. They prioritize their commitment to protecting North Carolina’s natural resources, the health of our communities, and our future…often in the face of well resourced opposition and political pressure. This is NCLCV’s highest award and not awarded annually.