Audubon Medal 2014 Awardee -- Dan W. Lufkin

The Audubon Medal is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of conservation and environmental protection. It is one of the highest honors in conservation and only 52 people have received it since it was first presented in 1947. Recipients have included Rachel Carson, Robert Redford, Ted Turner, Edward O. Wilson, Julie Packard, the Rockefeller family, and Donal O'Brien Jr. among others.

Dan W. Lufkin

Renowned for his business prowess as co-founder and Chairman of Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, it was Dan's leadership in establishing public ownership of NYSE member firms that led the Wall Street Journal to list him in 1988 among the "100 Men in the World: People Who Influenced Our Daily Business."

Dan W. Lufkin
Anyone who spends time with Dan knows his true passion is for the environment. For more than 40 years, Dan has been deeply involved in the protection and restoration of Connecticut's landscapes, the Long Island Sound, and global natural resources. In 1970, he was one of the organizers of the first Earth Day, which rallied more than 20 million people for a healthy, sustainable environment. At that time, Dan was living in Connecticut and concerned about the state's natural resources. Using his business savvy, he helped develop an environmental platform that included the creation of a new state agency--the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)--for then-gubernatorial candidate Tom Meskill. When Meskill was elected in the fall of 1970, he invited Dan to run the newly formed department. Under Dan's leadership, Connecticut was one of the first states to establish inland wetland regulations and the first to create a private, waste management enterprise--the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority. This entity developed a comprehensive waste management program for the state including recycling and trash-to-energy plants.

Over the years, Dan has served on the boards of some of the most effective and prestigious environmental organizations in the country, including the National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, the National Parks Foundation, and Environmental Defense Fund, among others. Today, Dan is a trustee of the Quebec-Labrador Foundation, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, American Farmland Trust, and The Conservation Fund.

Through The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and/or The Lufkin Family Foundation, Dan is a driving force behind investments that benefit people and the environment. These include the Peter Jay Sharp Children's Glade, a place for children to explore nature, arts, and culture in New York's Central Park; the establishment of Peconic Land Trust's $2 million Trust Fund for the Environment; NPR's BirdNote, a program that introduces listeners to the magic of birds; and, The Conservation Fund's Land Conservation Loan program, which helps local conservationists succeed in protecting high priority lands across the country. At Audubon, Dan has supported and advanced many projects, including establishing Audubon's Donal O'Brien Chair in Bird Conservation through Advocacy and Public Policy.