Award Criteria

Nominations can be submitted by anyone regardless of membership in the Society. Likewise, award nominees may include SER members as well as non-members. Please review the individual award criteria below before submitting your nomination to ensure that you select the most appropriate type of award for the candidate you are nominating. All applicable criteria must be met in order for your nomination to be considered.

The SER Awards Committee will review all nominations and select award recipients based on the criteria given here. The Committee may seek supporting evidence for a given nomination in the form of publications, site visits, photographs, letters of recommendation from impartial referees, or any other appropriate documentation. Awards are made based on merit, and the Committee is under no obligation to make an award on a regular basis or to limit the number of awards presented on a given occasion.

Awards are typically presented during a Gala Awards Dinner at the biennial SER World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Recipients will be notified well in advance of the conference so they have adequate time to make the necessary preparations.

The 2013 nomination period closed on March 31, 2013. The next nomination period is in early 2015.

AWARD CRITERIA

Theodore M. Sperry Award

This award honors individuals that have made a significant contribution to the science and/or practice of ecological restoration through the development of innovative new approaches, methods, standards of practice, and/or strategies for involving the public in restoration efforts.

Criteria:  Recipients must have demonstrated innovation and pioneering in one or more of the following categories:

  • Project Conceptualization, such as the development of a new approach to restoration;
  • Project Implementation, such as research and development in regard to restoration methods and tools;
  • Project Evaluation, such as the development of useful restoration criteria and standards; and
  • Public Involvement, such as the development of effective ways of integrating volunteers or involving the public in restoration programs.

Eligibility:  Any individual or group of individuals is eligible; organizations are not eligible.

John Rieger Award

This award recognizes those who have dedicated their time and skills to advancing the science and/or practice of ecological restoration through the development of the Society.

Criteria:  Recipients must have demonstrated meeting some, if not all, of the following attributes:

  • Significant contributions to the development of the Society for Ecological Restoration
  • Contributions that have made a significant impact in theory, practice, or public awareness of restoration.

Eligibility:  Any individual or organization.

Communication Award

This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant impact in advancing the theory, practice, and/or public awareness of restoration through innovative communications strategies, tools, or technologies.

Criteria:  The nominee must have used one of the following forms of communication:

  • Print: books, published papers
  • Visual: Video, movies, exhibits and performing arts, etc.
  • Audio: Speeches, songs, educational material, etc.

Qualifications for the Award:

  • Improve the quality of ecosystem restorations
  • Increase the public awareness and acceptance of ecosystem restoration

Eligibility:  Any individual or organization.

Full Circle Award

The Full Circle Award is given in recognition of restoration projects that incorporate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples in significant ways and reflect a balance between indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge and techniques in the project’s design and implementation.

Criteria:  Recipients must have demonstrated exceptional competence, knowledge, and innovation in the following areas:

  • Traditional Wisdom, such as all defined project goals were set using wisdom imparted by indigenous peoples;
  • Project goals were complemented by non-indigenous knowledge and techniques;
  • Project goals were not superseded by non-indigenous knowledge and techniques; and
  • Indigenous people should have participated in efforts and be able to use the restored ecosystem in traditional ways.

Eligibility:  A project of any individual or organization.