Washington, DC - John Adams has been described as the planet's lawyer, a warrior and a hero. On Oct. 22, LCV will honor Adams at the Essex House in New York City.
Adams is known for his mean elbows in the courtroom and on the court and for his poker face in front of judges and fellow card players. For more than three decades he has led the nation in fighting for sensible environmental policies. He has been more than the leader of a national environmental organization; his life's work has influenced the course of the nation. That work continues with his efforts to ensure that the world rises up to the challenge of global warming and protecting our oceans.
On the first Earth Day, John was the lone staff member and sole member of the Natural Resources Defense Council. 36 years later, NRDC'S success is a reflection of John'ss keen intellect, his tough as nails approach and his dedication to fighting the good fight, and every fight, despite the opposition and the odds. In addition to his work at NRDC, John has helped shape other environmental organizations, including LCV.
Whether pushing groundbreaking legislation in Congress or protecting open spaces in his native New York, John has never been afraid to confront opponents or to acknowledge honest differences with colleagues. Yet his kindness and genuine compassion are felt by friends and adversaries alike. John has received numerous and varied awards in his career and has been honored across the country. He is that rare national leader who is both respected and loved as a colleague and friend. LCV honors John for his dedication to ensuring that our nation's leaders heed the will of the environmental majority. We honor his decades-long leadership as a member of LCV's board, his passionate spirit and his stubborn capacity to fight for our planet's future.
About the venue: Celebrating over 75 years of luxury on Central Park South, the historic Jumeirah Essex House first opened its gilded doors in 1931. This Manhattan landmark has recently completed a $90 million refurbishment program that pays homage to its classic Art Deco heritage. The Essex House also features one of most sweeping views of the classic NYC green paradise, Central Park.