Rep. Tom Udall, Brosnans, Green Mountain Coffee honored at second annual JGI Global Leadership Awards

Jane Goodall took time out of her world tour to stop in Washington, D.C., for the second annual Jane Goodall Institute Global Leadership Awards Celebration on Friday, November 7 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The Awards honor the work and achievements of individuals and corporations that embody the Institute’s mission by taking informed and compassionate action on behalf of all living things.

The 2008 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award winners included:

  • U.S. Rep. Tom Udall (D-NM) for Excellence in Public Policy
  • Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Brosnan for Responsible Activism in Media and Entertainment
  • Green Mountain Coffee for Corporate Social Responsibility

Youth leadership award winners were:

  • Manoj Gautam of Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Emily Woodall of Banner Elk, N.C
  • and Tayler McGillis of Toluca, Ill.

“Keely and I are honored to be in Washington, D.C., at such an exciting time in this nation’s history and to accept this award from our dear friend Dr. Jane Goodall,” said Brosnan. The Brosnans were awarded for their demonstrated long-term commitment to environmental education and active support of Roots & Shoots, Dr. Goodall’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall encouraged her audience to “develop respect for all living things and try to replace impatience and intolerance with understanding, compassion—and above all—love.”

The evening’s master of ceremonies, Anderson Cooper, host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, shares Dr. Goodall’s strong interest in Africa and the state of the environment.

Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin and her brother, actor Spencer Breslin, were also on hand to help present the Youth Leadership Award. 

Corporate event sponsors included:  IronScale, Managed Hosting Solutions; Animal Planet; Hogan & Hartson, LLP; The Walt Disney Company; Whirlpool; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation; Pearson Foundation; ASPPA; Delta Air Lines; The National Conference Center; Sylvan Learning Centers; and Strategic Partnerships, LLC.

In keeping with the Jane Goodall Institute’s philosophy of environmental responsibility, the evening incorporated eco-sensitive, sustainable décor and lighting and a “Green Carpet” made of 100 percent recycled material.  The dinner menu featured organic and vegetarian items including Green Mountain Coffee’s Tanzania Gombe Reserve blend and Theo Chocolate/Jane Goodall Institute bars, both of which carry Jane Goodall’s “Good for All” seal of approval.



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