Lone Star Chapter

For Immediate Release : Thursday, May 5, 2005

Donna Hoffman 512-477-1729 or 299-5776



Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter Director Ken Kramer Receives Virginia Ferguson Award

San Francisco, California

KEN KRAMER is this year's recipient of the VIRGINIA FERGUSON AWARD, which honors an employee who has demonstrated consistent and exemplary service to the Sierra Club. Commitment to the organization is demonstrated not only through competence and longevity of employment, but also in congenial attitude, extraordinary spirit, and unquestionable integrity that makes this individual's performance an inspiration to the rest of the staff.

Ken has a Doctorate in Political Science from Rice University. Environmental policy and administration were his special areas of interest during his academic career teaching and conducting research at Texas state universities.

Ken has worked with the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter in a volunteer and professional capacity since 1978. He has served as Chapter Director for more than fifteen years working with more than eighteen Sierra Club regional groups across the state of Texas. Ken has been appointed to numerous task forces and advisory committees by Texas state officials, including the Governor of Texas and the Speaker of the Texas House.

His long-time colleague Mary Kelly of Environmental Defense said, "Ken is an unflappable, highly professional and highly respected advocate for making sure we – and our kids and grandkids, have a healthy environment."

Ken speaks the truth. His intelligence, accuracy, and polite demeanor to all, even adversaries, have earned him respect. Lone Star Chapter staff and executive committee members consider him a helpful mentor, a compassionate leader, and a good friend.

Dr. Kramer is one of five award recipients and their guests who traveled to San Francisco for the awards ceremony, followed by dinner and conversation with Sierra Club Executive Director, Carl Pope.

Upon receiving the award, Ken said, "Being honored by your peers is a high compliment.  I'm very grateful to my colleagues for recognizing my work, and I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can pursue my passion for protecting the environment."

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