Lithuania: Nominations for the President Valdas Adamkus Prize are Now Open

Valdas Adamkus

The founders of the Prize welcome nominations in the fields of science, society, politics, and business. Submissions for the President Valdas Adamkus Prize will be accepted from 17 January to 18 March of this year.

The winner of the Prize will be announced on 22 April, the International Mother Earth Day, and the award ceremony will take place on 5 June, the World Environment Day, at the VMU Botanical Garden. The winner will receive a sum of 5,000 euros and the sculpture “Gervė” (“Crane”) by sculptor Kęstutis Dovydaitis.

The winner will be chosen by the Prize Committee, which is made up of European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, primatologist Dr. Birutė Galdikas, Director of the VMU Botanical Garden Dr. Nerijus Jurkonis, Director of KTU Centre for Packaging Innovations and Research Dr. Visvaldas Varžinskas, journalist Donatas Puslys, and Head of the Valdas Adamkus Presidential Library-Museum Arūnas Antanaitis.

This will be the fourth year when President Valdas Adamkus Prize is awarded. In 2021, when the Prize was renewed, Mindaugas Survila, the director of the documentary film Sengirė, became the winner of the President Valdas Adamkus Prize for drawing the general public’s attention to the need to preserve unused forests, while in 2022, social activist Giedrius Bučas was awarded the Prize for his promotion of a sustainable lifestyle and social and artistic initiatives. Last year, scientist and inventor, Klaipėda University Professor Tatjana Paulauskienė was selected as the winner. She was awarded for the development of innovative and environmentally friendly technologies for cleaning oil pollutants from water, as well as for ecological education of the public, and for achievements and leadership in the field of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

The Press Committee in Adamkus’s Election Headquarters in 1968 (Gedvila family archive)

The founders of the award are the Valdas Adamkus Presidential Library-Museum and the Dana Gedvila Fund. The fund manager Gabrielius Gedvila is an old friend of President Valdas Adamkus. His late wife Dana was a passionate environmentalist. After she passed away, the family decided to set up a fund and use it to improve Lithuania’s environmental protection.

Until 1997, President Valdas Adamkus was the regional administrator for the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He worked as the regional administrator for 17 years, with a total of 26 years of service. The Environmental Prize, initiated by Adamkus himself, was awarded between 1992 and 2005 with the goal of contributing to the environmental development in Lithuania. The Prize, renewed in 2021, is based on the UN Champions of the Earth format.

The categories in which nominees can be submitted and all other relevant information can be found here.

by Martynas Gedvila, Marketing and Communication Department, Vytautas Magnus University
Martynas Gedvila
Martynas Gedvila, Marketing and Communication Department, Vytautas Magnus University

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