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2007 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Environmental Leadership:

Benio (Buddy) Cunill III
Benito (Buddy) Cunill III

Florida Department of Transportation

Mr. Cunill has led an outstanding and exceptional career with Florida Department of Transportation. He is an excellent example of the results that can be obtained by one individual's personal dedication to an area of environmental stewardship in the transportation field. He is responsible for developing, negotiating and managing the implementation of 21 interagency agreements among individual federal, State, and regional agencies to achieve statewide implementation of Florida's newly developed Efficient Transportation Decision-making (ETDM) process. He shaped how Florida DOT conducted business in satisfying the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and defined the process and environmental analysis to be used in developing the transportation projects that fully satisfied federal and State environmental laws and regulations. Besides meeting criteria placed on projects at the national level, he has always placed a strong emphasis on "grassroots" citizen involvement and participation at the local level in all of Florida's transportation planning programs. One of these "grassroots" programs was Florida's Scenic Highway Program, under his management the program grew and today there are eleven designated scenic highways in Florida. His leadership and involvement at the State and National level proved instrumental in the development of a program known as Community Impact Assessment that increases the awareness of the needs of the human community and evaluating community impacts from a transportation project. This award recognizes his many accomplishments and distinguished career which has demonstrated a strong leadership role in developing programs to protect and enhance our human and natural environment, while still providing a safe and efficient transportation system for all to enjoy.

Updated: 10/25/2012
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