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Awards / Honors

Maury Albertson Medal Gala Aug. 28

August 20, 2010

The Third Annual Maury Albertson Medal Gala will take place at Colorado State on Saturday, Aug. 28, in the Lory Student Center. Governor Bill Ritter will be honored with the 2010 Medal for Sustainable Development for his passion and championing of sustainable enterprise in Colorado.

Colorado's Governor Bill Ritter is the 2010 recipient of the Maury Albertson Medal in Sustainable Development.

Saturday, Aug. 28
6-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center Ballroom

On Saturday night, Aug. 28, guests at the Third Annual Maury Albertson Medal Gala will dine on buffalo rib eye, Colorado trout, and vegetarian cuisine.

The Lory Student Center’s Main Ballroom will be transformed for the occasion – the lights will be dimmed, each table will be dressed in white, and the ballroom will be decorated with freshly cut flowers and artwork and utilitarian pieces from Ten Thousand Villages to give it an international flair.

Origins of honor

Two board members from Village Earth, Dave Stewart and Robert Youngberg, will open the gala with stories of how Maury Albertson, professor emeritus of civil-engineering at Colorado State University, founded Village Earth, a non-profit organization devoted to helping communities determine their own sustainable futures.

The Maury Albertson Medal was created to acknowledge individuals who demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging sustainable development in the U.S. or abroad.

Gov. Ritter to receive 2010 Albertson Medal

On Saturday night, the individual being presented with the 2010 Maury Albertson Medal in Sustainable Development is Governor Bill Ritter. Ritter will speak about the growth of renewable energy in Colorado and its rapidly emerging infrastructure. 

“Governor Ritter has championed a new found passion for sustainability in Colorado,” says Jerry Kennell, Chairman of the board of Village Earth.

“Throughout the state, companies with sustainable products and services are growing at a breath-taking rate. We are honored that he is accepting the medal and providing a heightened visibility to Village Earth’s efforts to improve the quality of life in impoverished communities worldwide.”

“Governor Ritter has worked tirelessly to support the development of the new energy economy in Colorado,” says Mims Harris, co-chair of the gala. “In regards to his speech – he’s a great story teller and I know the audience will enjoy what he has to share.”

Aspen area musicians to perform

Following Ritter’s talk, Jan Garrett and J.D. Martin from the Aspen area will provide a perfect end to the evening’s festivities – their vocal and acoustical guitar performances have been described as “rich and intelligent,”…“tending to open the heart and refresh the spirit.”

A common theme of empowering communities

The gala will have the effect of pulling together many threads – with the common theme of community development, sustainability, and the empowerment of communities to rediscover their strengths and resources and implement their own systems of sustainability.

“Village Earth is present as an advisor in the community projects they facilitate,” says Harris. “The local community decides how they want to build their sustainable projects. Village Earth’s role is not to tell, but to teach.”

Sustainable enterprise provides menu item for gala

Village Earth’s mission is reflected in the choice of one of the gala’s menu items. Much of the buffalo being served will come from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Village Earth is helping that community in their work to reintroduce buffalo herds as part of a sustainable business enterprise.

Would you like to know more?

For more information about the gala, contact Yvonne Lynott at You may also contact one of the gala’s co-chairs:

Village Earth sister organization of CSU Institute

Village Earth, a sister organization of CSU’s International Institute for Sustainable Development, is devoted to helping communities determine their own, sustainable futures.


  • $75/person
  • $600/table of eight

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Event sponsors

Village Chiefs level: Everence, Northern Colorado Business Report, Woodward Governor 

Village Elders level: Cenergy, Stewart Environmental Consultants 

Village Counselors level: Earth Project, Meetings International Natural Resources Enterprise, onetribe, Rocky Mountain Innovation Institute,
Sustainable Development / International, Vestas, Wirsol

Village Householders level: Odell Brewing Company, Ten Thousand Villages

Contact: Yvonne Lynott