E. Ted Erickson Distinguished Environmental Professional Award

Each year the IWWSG’s Steering Committee awards a truly deserving environmental professional with the E. Ted Erickson Distinguished Environmental Professional Award (DEP Award).

The E. Ted Erickson Distinguished Environmental Professional Award, named in honor of founder E. Ted Erickson, was established by the IWWSG in 2000 to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution(s) in the environmental area, especially at the local and regional levels. The award is granted based on recognition of the recipient’s community service advancing IWWSG’s goals, leadership / service to environmental professional organizations, including the IWWSG, and contributions to the field of environmental laws / compliance / management / education.


History of the IWWSG – “A Recollection or Two, or Three” by E. Ted Erickson

Current Recipient

September 2019  Deborah C. Stone, Sustainability Officer and Director, Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES), Cook County, Illinois

Deborah Stone Biography and 2019 E. Ted Erickson DEP Award Brochure


Past Recipients

November 2017 Dr. Thomas C. GranatoMWRDGC, Retired


March 2017 Mark Bouman, Ph.D.The Field Museum / Chicago State University


March 2016 Bharat Mathur, USEPA / Illinois EPA


March 2016 Jean B. “Susie” Schreiber, Chair Waukegan Harbor Citizens Advisory Board


March 2015 Bill Compton, Caterpillar, Inc.


March 2015 Marcia Willhite, Illinois EPA


March 2014  Dr. Tanner Girard, Illinois Pollution Control Board


March 2013  Lee Botts, Great Lakes Environmentalist


March 2012 Robert S. Elvert, Exxon Mobil Corporation


March 2011 Howard Chinn, Illinois Attorney General’s Office


May 2010 Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Chicago Department of Environment


May 2009 Alan Jirik, Corn Products International


May 2008 Toby Frevert, Illinois EPA


May 2007 Cecil Lue-Hing, D.Sc., MWRDGC


May 2006 Fred G. Krikau,  Acme Steel Company / Interlake


May 2003 Ron Flemal, Illinois Pollution Control Board


May 2002 James B. Parks, Illinois EPA


May 2001 Richard Lanyon, MWRDGC


May 2000 James T. Harrington, McGuire Woods LLP


May 2000 Thomas McSwiggin,  Illinois EPA