Tom FitzGerald, Environmentalist
Tom FitzGerald has been Director of the Kentucky Resources Council (KRC) since 1984. KRC is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the conservation and prudent use of Kentucky's natural resources.
From 1980 until 1984, "Fitz" was a staff attorney and environmental specialist with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky's Lexington office.
Fitz received his Juris Doctor from the UK College of Law in 1980. He is an alumni of Roger Williams College, Bristol, Rhode Island with a B.A. in American Studies with distinction.
Fitz has held numerous appointments in the past 28 years; a member of the Kentucky Forest Products Council, (1994-1999), the Governor s Clean Air Act Task Force, (1993-Present), the Ky*A*Syst Advisory Committee (1993-Present); Clean Air Act Small Business Technical Advisory Committee, (1995-1999); on the Task Force on Surface Mine Bonding (1982-1984), the Task Force On Mining Primacy (1980-1982), the Task Force on Tar Sand Development (1982-1984); the Legislative Task Force on Waste Management (1988-1990), Board, Kentucky Center for Hazardous Waste Reduction, (1989-1994), member, Kentucky Coal Authority (1990-1992), the Solid Waste Reduction and Management Plan Advisory Committee, (1991-1994), the Container Deposit Task Force, (1998-1999), the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (2008-present), and the NRCS State Technical Committee (1996- Present).
Fitz has been an Adjunct Professor of Energy and Environmental law at the Brandeis School of Law since 1986, and has published a number of articles, including The Ages Tragedy: Where Were The Regulators?, a report of 1981 coal waste dam collapse in Harlan County, Kentucky.
He received the Environmental Quality Commission Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002; the Henry R. Heyburn Public Service Award, University of Kentucky College of Law in 2003, the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission Biological Diversity Award in 2003, the inaugural Professional Achievement Award from the University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association in 2008, and the 14th Heinz Award in the Environment Category in 2008.
FitzGerald is married to Jefferson County Family Court Chief Judge Patricia Walker FitzGerald and has three sons.
- Program 314
- Louisville Life finds out why Louisville's water was voted number one by the American Water Works Association, visits Louisville Stoneware, goes rolling on the river on The Belle and more. (#314)