2017 Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award

Apr 27, 2017

April 27, 2017
6 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium
Email RSVP

*The program is only open to Friends of the LBJ Library members (Individual level and above) or to LBJ Foundation invited guests.*

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The LBJ Foundation will honor documentary filmmaker Ken Burns with the 2017 Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The evening will feature a conversation between Ken Burns and Mark K. Updegrove. Presenting the award will be Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson’s daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson.

Tim Llewellyn Photography
Credit: Tim Llewellyn Photography

In his 40 years of filmmaking, Burns has reached millions of viewers of PBS through his inventive style of storytelling. The National Parks: America's Best Idea, broadcast on PBS in 2009, captured an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska. The series reawakened a nation's consciousness to the natural world. As a direct result of the publicity and broadcast of the documentary, national parks across the country saw a dramatic increase in attendance.

Book Signing 
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Ken Burns for a book signing of The National Parks: America's Best Idea, co-authored by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Copies of The National Parks and Jackie Robinson DVDs will also be available for sale. Please note: Books and DVDs purchased elsewhere will not be permitted at the signing. Book sales and signing will be held in the upper auditorium lobby from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the LBJ Presidential Library.

How to Attend
The program is only open to Friends of the LBJ Library members (Individual level and above) or to LBJ Foundation invited guests. Seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A response is required to attend. To RSVP, please email [email protected] by April 14. Doors will open at 5 p.m. There will not be a reception following the program.

The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Free parking is available in the library visitors’ lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39 after 5 p.m. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.

About the Award
Lady Bird Johnson's vision inspires the efforts of millions of Americans to preserve our natural resources and beautify our nation. The Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award honors outstanding achievements in the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural world that embrace Mrs. Johnson's style, energy, and commitment to her work. Its mission is to increase public awareness of the environmental issues facing our country by highlighting the work of selected individuals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. This award salutes the work of Americans who are making a positive impact on the environment by successfully collaborating with communities and engaging others in their mission by reaching out to diverse sectors. Past recipients are Senator John Chafee, Laurance Rockefeller, Patrick Noonan, Michael Dombeck, Bruce Babbitt, and Ted Turner. 

The 2017 Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award is generously sponsored by Bank of America.

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
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Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
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(512) 721-0198

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