Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Community Peacemaker Award (2017)

John Muir Association’s Conservationist of the Year Award (2016) 

Michigan Nature Association's Edward G. Voss Conservation Science Award (2016)

Michigan League of Conservation Voters’ Advocate of the Year Award (2013)

Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals' Outstanding Environmental Professional of the Year Award (2012)

Green Leaders Award from the Detroit Free Press (2010)

Community Leader Recognition for Pioneering Detroit’s Recovery in the “My Town Miracles” Exhibit of the Detroit International Auto Show (2009)

City of Trenton Community Service Award for leadership in cleaning up the Black Lagoon on the Detroit River (2007)

Friends of the Detroit River Award for leadership in restoring the Detroit River (2006)

White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation Award for Outstanding Leadership and Collaboration in the Great Lakes (2005)

Citizens Environment Alliance Enviro-Achievement Award (2005)

The John Hannah Award of Michigan State University Extension for outstanding contributions to extension programming (2004)

The Anderson-Everett Award for contributions to the International Association for Great Lakes Research (2003)

American Heritage Rivers Award from President’s Council on Environmental Quality (2002)

Detroit Heritage River Award for Outstanding Leadership and Support from Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (2002)

International Joint Commission-Sediment Priority Action Committee’s Award for Outstanding Leadership (1999)

Global Tomorrow Coalition's Sustainable Development Award for Civic Leadership (1993)


Academic Hall of Fame - Allen Park High School (1986)




Dr. John Hartig is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Wiindsor. The focus of his Fulbright is multi-disciplinary research on cleanup of the Great Lakes. During 2017-2018, Dr.Hartig was a Fulbright Scholar at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario. For 14 years he served as Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.  

John has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2017 Community Peacemaker Award from Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, the 2016 Edward G. Voss Conservation Science Award from Michigan Nature Association, the 2015 Conservationist of the Year Award from the John Muir Association, and the 2013 Conservation Advocate of the Year Award from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications on the environment, including four books: Bringing Conservation to Cities; Burning Rivers; Honoring Our Detroit River, Caring for Our Home; and Under RAPs: Toward Grassroots Ecological Democracy in the Great Lakes Basin. John’s most recent book titled Bringing Conservation to Cities won a Gold Medal from the Nonfiction Authors Association in the "Sustainable Living" category and a bronze medal from the Living Now Book Awards in the "Green Living" category.



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Great Lakes scientist, Fulbright Scholar, author,  and conservationist working to accelerate the sustainability transition

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Bringing Conservation to Cities

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