Press Release


The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Maryland Petroleum Council will announce winners of the 2011 Tawes Award for a Clean Environment and the James B. Coulter Award. This year’s award winners are from Frederick, Montgomery, and Carroll counties.

The awards are co-sponsored by MDE and the Council to recognize youth, adults, private and public organizations involved in the restoration and protection of Maryland’s natural resources. The Tawes award, given to both adult and youth awardees, is named in honor of J. Millard Tawes, governor of Maryland from 1959 to 1967 and the first secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The James B. Coulter Award, named after Maryland’s second DNR Secretary, acknowledges environmental contributions by a government employee.



  • U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
  • MDE Secretary Robert M. Summers
  • Maryland Petroleum Council Executive Director Drew Cobbs
  • Award Winners



11:30 a.m., Monday, May 16



Blue Heron Center at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis

Please inform the entrance gate attendant that you are attending the Tawes Award luncheon and you will not be charged admission to the park.

Directions to Quiet Waters Park and a Map of the Park can be found at