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Founder of religious environmental group honored

Published Sep. 26, 2005

Paul Gorman, the founder and executive director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, was named Thursday as the recipient of a $250,000 Heinz Award.

Gorman was one of five recipients of awards given annually by the Heinz Family Foundation. He won in the environmental category.

"Paul Gorman has helped change the discourse about the fate of the Earth by introducing spiritual and moral values into what has all too often been a debate between scientific views and hypothetical economic issues," said Teresa Heinz, foundation chairwoman.

"Through his work with the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, he serves as a much-needed reminder of the obligations of stewardship, whatever our religious tradition."

Founded in 1993, the partnership is an alliance of faith groups working to increase awareness of environmental issues among major American faith groups.

The alliance's partners are the U.S. Catholic Conference, the National Council of Churches, the Evangelical Environmental Network and the Coalition on Environment and Jewish Life.