NRDC’s Hawkins Named AAAS Fellow

NEW YORK – In recognition of his scientifically and socially distinguished achievements, NRDC’s David Hawkins has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hawkins’ long career addressing air pollution and climate threats at NRDC and the Environmental Protection Agency contributed to his election as one of only 12 fellows to AAAS’s Atmospheric Science section and one of the few non-academics served with the honor.

He is one of 564 individuals elected as fellows by the AAAS in recognition for their efforts advancing science or its applications in service to society.

“It continues to give me great joy to work at the interface of law and science,” Hawkins said. “My thanks go to my many NRDC colleagues who make this work possible.”

According to the AAAS, new fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin to commemorate their election (representing science and engineering, respectively). The society plans to celebrate the fellows this year at an in-person event when it’s safe to from a public health perspective. The 2021 class also will be featured in Science magazine.

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC. 

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