Kramer Memorial Award for Environmental Excellence

Award Objective

The Dr. Richard J. Kramer, CEP, Memorial Award for Environmental Excellence was established by the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) to recognize extraordinary achievements of individuals in the environmental profession who have already received their Certified Environmental Professional credential.

Memorial Award History

Dr. Kramer's involvement in ABCEP spanned more than two decades. In 1982, he earned his Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) designation. He served on the Academy's Certification Review Board from 1985 to 1999, when he resigned to become the first President of the Academy. Dr. Kramer began his career in the environmental profession in 1972. For many years he was head of the environmental planning and NEPA office for the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in California.

The award was presented for the first time in 2004, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Certified Environmental Professional credential by the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and the 5th Anniversary of the creation of the ABCEP, which was created in 1999 to oversee the CEP program. The objective of the award is to nationally recognize extraordinary achievements, leadership, and spirit of CEPs.

How to Nominate

Nominations for the Kramer Memorial Award include a narrative with supporting information. The narrative should illustrate the candidate’s professionalism, leadership, connection to the ABCEP and dedication to the CEP program, commitment to collaboration, description of significant accomplishments, and significant environmental benefits of the candidate’s work. Candidates must have a minimum of seven years as a CEP in good standing.

Supporting information may be provided in the form of references containing personal testimonies or corroboration of professional experiences; achievements, commendations from employers, and/or other professional associations or societies; commendations from governmental and/or private sector groups. The memorial award recipient will be featured in the ABCEP Newsletter, presented the award at the annual NAEP conference, and honored on the ABCEP website.

Past award recipients and a nomination template are available on the ABCEP site.

The ABCEP Board of Trustees are responsible for selecting the winner of the award. More than one award may be given each year.

Nominations for the Kramer Memorial Award are due to the ABCEP by February 15 of each year, with selection(s) made by March 15 of the same year. The award, a 0.999 fine silver medallion and engraved plaque, are presented to the recipient at the annual NAEP conference.