November 4, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Gerald Hardy has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials’ (ASTSWMO) Lifetime Achievement Award. This national award is given annually to recognize an outstanding individual who has worked in state government in solid and hazardous waste management, sustainability/materials management, underground storage tanks, or contaminated site clean-up. It is a prestigious honor that celebrates work done on behalf of the states and in furtherance of ASTSWMO’s mission to enhance and promote effective state and territorial programs for waste and materials management, to encourage environmentally sustainable practices, and to effect relevant national waste and materials management policies.

Gerald has been Matrix’ on-site Project Manager for the Fort McClellan Redevelopment Services Program since 2012 following a distinguished, 38-year career with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). During his tenure there as Chief of ADEM’s Land Division, Gerald led Alabama through some of the highest profile environmental matters ever encountered in the state. He oversaw the development of many new programs in Alabama, many of which now serve as models for similar initiatives around the country. Gerald was also appointed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to sit on the Alabama Solid Waste Management Task Force from 2016 to 2017. The task force studied the permitting process for solid waste management facilities in the state to identify potential revisions.

ASTSWMO chooses the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient based on several criteria, including years of service, leadership skills, and character. Gerald stood out from other candidates due to his steadfast support and promotion of strong state programs, his demand for excellence and innovation, and his ongoing promotion of environmental protections for the State of Alabama, despite retirement.