Smith Nature Symposium

2019 Smith Nature Symposium Benefit

Amory Lovins and Judy Hill Lovins Receive Environmental Leadership Award

The Lovinses speak with Masters of Ceremonies, Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra, about photography, the state of the planet, and their sustainable home (Pictured from left: Amory Lovins, Judy Hill Lovins, Donna La Pietra, Bill Kurtis), Credit: Michael Kardas
June 1, 2019

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods honored esteemed environmental leaders and photographers Amory Lovins and Judy Hill Lovins at its 36th Annual Smith Nature Symposium & Benefit on June 1st. The Lovinses joined Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra, Masters of Ceremonies, onstage following the award presentation by Gail Sturm, Chair of Brushwood Center’s Board of Directors.

The Symposium is a celebration of nature, the arts, and individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the science of conservation and deepened the study and understanding of the natural world.

Amory Lovins, a physicist, co-founded and chairs Rocky Mountain Institute, a 200-person independent nonprofit organization creating a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon energy future. He has served as energy advisor to major firms and governments in more than 70 countries and authored more than 30 books and 600 papers on energy. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he has received the Right Livelihood Award, MacArthur Fellowship, Heinz Award, and National Design Award, among many others.

Judy Hill Lovins is a renowned landscape photographer. Her overriding goal, she says, is to “inspire, renew, and illustrate our role as stewards of nature’s treasures.” Also a fine art consultant, Judy has counseled private and corporate art collectors and designed interior photographic programs nationwide for nearly five decades. The event included an art exhibition inspired by the Lovinses travels called Global Perspectives, featuring photography by the Lovinses as well as artwork by Gregory Leon Baird, John Wylie, and poetry by Ted Hazelgrove. The Lovinses photography features extraordinary landscapes, wildlife, and cultures in China, Galápagos Islands, Iceland, the American West, and other locations around the world. The Smith Nature Symposium was held in partnership with Lake County Forest Preserves.

THE SMITH NATURE SYMPOSIUM

PAST SMITH SPEAKERS AND AWARDEES

The Symposium memorializes the significant civic legacy of Hermon Dunlap and Ellen Thorne Smith, who donated their land and cabin to help form Ryerson Woods. Hermon, or Dutch, was chair and CEO of Marsh & McLennan, and led The Chicago Community Trust, Newberry Library, and many other Chicago Institutions. Ellen was a philanthropic leader and champion of nature with organizations such as The Field Museum and Chicago Zoological Society. She authored the book Chicagoland Birds: Where and When to Find Them.

The Distinguished Environmental Leadership Award was first presented in 1984 to Roger Tory Peterson, the esteemed American naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator. In 2018, recipients included Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford, for their lifelong commitment to land preservation and climate change.

All proceeds from the Smith Nature Symposium & Benefit support Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods’ programs throughout the year.

ABOUT BRUSHWOOD CENTER

Nestled in 565 acres of pristine woodland in the historic Ryerson home in Riverwoods, Illinois, Brushwood Center promotes the importance of nature for nurturing personal and community wellbeing, cultivating creativity, and inspiring learning. In doing so, we honor the legacy of those who came before us to this land and champion a region where people will care about and for nature. Brushwood Center offers world-class programming with nearly 200 artists each year to deepen the public’s connection with the environment in an intimate setting where nature, conservation and art coexist in their entire splendor. Our audiences include veterans, children, families, business people, and others looking to the arts as a pathway for connecting to nature throughout the region.


PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

GOLD SPONSORS:

ADELE & JOHN SIMMONS

SILVER SPONSORS:

LELE & HENRY BARKHAUSEN · WINNIE & BOB CRAWFORD
ANNE GRALL REICHEL & JACK REICHEL

FRIENDS:

BOBBIE BROWN & NICK BOTHFELD · MARTHA TWADDLE & TOM MILLAR
LORRA RUDMAN

MEDIA SPONSOR:

IN KIND SPONSORS:

BRANDON E. HAYES

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