The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded for "outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field.”
Over the last two decades, the prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental awards. Past winners include three people who also won the Nobel Prize, in addition to John Holdren, current U.S. Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
The 2012 recipient is Gretchen Daily, professor of environmental science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Ca. She is one of the world’s leading scientists and researchers on ecosystem services, biogeography and the future dynamics of biodiversity change. She co-founded the National Capital Project, which is focused on aligning economic factors and processes with conservation.