Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

John Tippett

The Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute (VNRLI) announced John Tippett, recently retired Executive Director of the Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), as the recipient of the 2014 Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution. 

Tippett is regarded as an influential leader who has collaborated with diverse stakeholders to effect positive change throughout the Rappahannock River watershed. In his role with FOR Tippett successfully led a 10-year advocacy campaign that resulted in the removal of the non-functional Embrey Dam, and engaged key stakeholders to ensure that 4,232 acres of land surrounding the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers would be placed into an easement, permanently protecting the local water supply and preserving wilderness in a developed region. Additionally, Tippett initiated collaboration with local government to promote low-impact development, and played a key role in designing the state stormwater regulations. Jennifer Allen, who worked with Tippett at FOR, says “John became my role model on how to engage diverse stakeholders to constructively resolve environmental issues and how to develop innovative and compelling approaches to complex challenges.”

In recognition of a career that exemplifies the use of collaboration and conflict resolution, John Tippett is the recipient of the 2014 McCarthy Award.

Photo courtesy of Dan Addison, UVA Communications.