Bill Leon Honors and Awards

1998. Winner, Certificate of Environmental Achievement from Renew America, National Awards for Environmental Sustainability (for CCDD Ground Water Protection Program).

1996. Mentor, Best Student Project Award, Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association.

1996. Governor’s Smart Growth Award for developing the state’s best Pollution Prevention Program, a community development approach and guidebook for groundwater protection.

1995. John R. Shaeffer Flood Proofing Project Award presented by the National Association of State Flood Plain Managers for organizing and facilitating a volunteer-staffed, Flood Hazard Mitigation Project during spring break, 1994 in Conejos County, Colorado (with Robert Kistner, Aimee Cox and Richard Muniz).

1994. Thomas Jefferson Award, given by the four campus system of the University of Colorado to the member of the faculty, staff or student body who best advances the ideals of Thomas Jefferson. These include a strong sense of individual civic responsibility, a broad concern for the advancement of higher education, a deep commitment to the welfare and rights of the individual, and a lively interest in literature, the arts and sciences.

1993. Governor’s Productivity Award (with Bob Kistner) for developing and administering the most productive program among all state government units (an internship program to prepare young professionals for careers in natural hazard mitigation while serving communities in every Colorado county).

1992. Certificate of Appreciation from The State of Colorado Office of Emergency Management for development of video on dam safety.

1991. Business Climate Improvement Group Annual Award, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

1990. Exemplary Award for assistance with School/Community Improvement Program, Mitchell High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1986. Selected as an Outstanding Young Man in America by Outstanding Young Men in America.

1979. Participant in international conference on Micro-Level Studies of Migration Decision Making at The East-West Center, Honolulu and The Korean Institute for Family Planning, Seoul on East-West Center Fellowship.

1977. Listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American colleges and Universities 1976-77.

1976. Received 3-year National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

1975. Full scholarship from German Academic Exchange Program for study of land use planning and geography in Bavaria.

1975. Graduated Magna cum Laude with general honors and B.A. from University of Georgia and nominated to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

1974. Research Fellowship from the Population Institute.