Norfolk – Heather Wood (right), the director of environmental affairs for the Virginia Port Authority, is the recipient of the 2011 W. Wright Harrison Award, the agency's highest honor.
The service award is presented annually by the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners to an outstanding employee of the agency. The award is named after the late W. Wright Harrison, who was a vice chairman of the VPA board; nominees are chosen by their peers.
As director of environmental affairs, Wood oversees all of the agency's environmental programs, including its long-term sustainability policy. Moreover, she is responsible for securing federal grant money that helps to pay for many of the VPA's environmental initiatives.
Wood began her career with the VPA in 2000. Her award was presented by Michael J. Quillen, chairman of the VPA Board of Commissioners, at the regularly scheduled board meeting held Sept. 27.
"Through Heather's efforts, The Port of Virginia has the most progressive and proactive environmental program on the US East Coast, and this something to truly be proud of," Quillen said.