The students of Land Air Water are honored to present the Svitlana Kravchenko Environmental Rights Award to a person who exemplifies the ideals and work of Professor Kravchenko, who left this Earth in 2012, her work enormously successful, but unfinished.
The award winner is chosen from those who carry on in Svitlana’s spirit: having exquisite qualities of both head and heart; mixing academic rigor with spirited activism; and speaking truth to power, while exhibiting kindness toward all. Also in that spirit, the award winner inspires young adults to reach for the stars, while keeping their feet firmly planted in the Earth they want to protect, as Svitlana did. The award goes to a person who makes broad impacts in the law, while working to support local communities. The award winner insists that environmental rights and human rights are indivisible, as did Svitlana Kravchenko, a daughter of Ukraine who became a citizen of America and the entire world.
The award winner is selected by the Co-Directors of Land Air Water after nomination by and consultation with the staff of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), and Professor John Bonine, the professional partner and husband of Professor Kravchenko.
2016 Recipient: Patrick McGinley, West Virginia
2015 Recipient: Antonio Oposa, Philippines
2014 Recipient: William Rodgers
2013 Recipient: Raquel Gutiérrez Nájera, Mexico
2012 Recipient: Svitlana Kravchenko, Ukraine/USA