The Bright Award at Stanford University recognizes an individual who has made unheralded contributions to environmental sustainability.

About the Bright Award

The Bright Award at Stanford University was created by a gift from Raymond E. Bright, Jr., JD '59 in 2007 on behalf of his late wife, Marcelle, and himself. Mr. Bright died in 2011. Under the terms of his gift, the Bright Award is given annually to an "individual who has made significant contributions in the environmental preservation and sustainability area." Each year the recipient will be selected from one of 10 rotating regions.

Each year, Stanford Law School will give the Bright Award to an individual working in a specific region of the world. The award winner receives $100,000 and delivers a public lecture at Stanford University. The inaugural Bright Award, delivered in 2013, goes to an individual from South America.

The list of regions from which winners will be chosen over the next five years is shown below:

  • 2013 – South America
  • 2014 – North and Central America
  • 2015 – Europe
  • 2016 – Africa
  • 2017 – West Asia

A nomination committee comprised of Stanford Law School faculty members, law students and others on campus, with assistance from consultants focused on designated regions of the world, will recommend potential candidates each year. The Dean of Stanford Law School will select the final award recipient. An Advisory Committee, consisting of Michael Bright, George Bright, and Alan Markle, helps oversee the Bright Award and also provide guidance in the selection of the recipient.

2014 Bright Award Recipient

The 2014 Bright Award goes to Art Sterritt for his efforts in protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada.

Photo: Art Sterritt

Art Sterritt

Art Sterritt, who has played a critical role in establishing and protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, has been selected as the second annual recipient of the Stanford Bright Award.

As the founding executive director of Coastal First Nations (CFN) in British Columbia, Sterritt has negotiated many agreements between Canadian federal and provincial governments and coastal native peoples, the crowning achievement being the establishment of the 21-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest north of Vancouver. While protecting the Canadian ecosystem from deforestation and other exploitation, CFN has established services that support its member nations' efforts to create sustainable businesses within the territory.

2014 Bright Award Ceremony

  • When: 5-6:15 pm on Thursday, October 2, 2014
  • Where: Stanford Law School’s Paul Brest Hall at the Munger Residences, 555 Salvatierra Walk

A lecture by Art Sterritt and reception will follow. The event is open to the public.

RSVP to Carol Brill at: brightaward@law.stanford.edu.

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