Art Sterritt will receive the Stanford Bright Award and deliver a lecture on environmental sustainability at Stanford on Thursday, Oct. 2 during an event co-sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute. Sterritt is being recognized for the critical role he played in establishing and protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, the world's largest coastal temperate rainforest. Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Jr., Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute, chaired the award nomination committee. 

The Bright Award at Stanford recognizes an individual who has made unheralded contributions to environmental sustainability. Issued by Stanford Law School, the award recognizes significant achievement in conservation across different regions of the world. The award was created by a gift to the Law School in 2007 from Raymond E. Bright Jr., JD '59, on behalf of his late wife, Marcelle, and himself. Mr. Bright died in 2011.

As the founding executive director of Coastal First Nations (CFN) in British Columbia, Sterritt has negotiated many agreements between Canadian federal and provincial governments and coastal native peoples, the crowning achievement being the establishment of the 21-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest north of Vancouver. While protecting the Canadian ecosystem from deforestation and other exploitation, CFN has established services that support its member nations' efforts to create sustainable businesses within the territory.

In addition to receiving the $100,000 prize, Sterritt will visit Stanford and deliver a lecture, titled "Designing Our Future by Looking at Our Past." He will share how Coastal First Nations combined its ancient wisdom with modern science to save the Great Bear Rainforest for future generations.

Sterritt will also participate in a Q&A lunch session with Felicity Barringer, environment reporter for the New York Times.

Both events are open to the public. RSVP to Carol Brill at For more information, visit

What: 2014 Stanford Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability Luncheon, Ceremony and Lecture, recognizing winner Art Sterritt, executive director, Coastal First Nations, British Columbia, Canada, for his contributions to environmental preservation in North America.

When: Thursday, Oct. 2. Noon-2 p.m. luncheon and Q&A; 5 p.m. award presentation and lecture; 6:30 p.m. reception.

Where: Stanford University, Paul Brest Hall, Munger Residences Building 4 (555 Salvatierra Walk)