Prof. Nicholas Robinson honored for outstanding environmental leadership by Parks & Trails New York

Prof. Nicholas Robinson was recently awarded the prestigious George W. Perkins Award for outstanding environmental leadership by Parks & Trails New York. He was one of a select group of pioneering New York environmental lawyers to be honored at a reception on November 17 at the University Club in New York City.

Prof. Robinson founded Pace’s environmental law programs and is now Pace University Professor on the Environment. He has developed environmental law since 1969, when he was named to the Legal Advisory Committee of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. He has practiced environmental law in law firms for municipalities and as general counsel of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He drafted New York’s wetlands and wild bird laws and was inaugurated as the first chairman of both the statutory Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board and Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. He has served as legal adviser and chairman of the Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, engaged in drafting treaties and counseling different countries on the preparation of their environmental laws.

Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving our health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space.

Parks & Trails New York has worked with hundreds of community organizations and municipalities to envision, create, promote, and protect a growing network of parks and more than 1,500 miles of greenways, bike paths, and trails throughout New York State. Learn more at


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