EBCNE Announces Janet Coit as the Recipient of the 2016 EBC Paul Keough Award for Government Service

Press Release Contact:
Daniel K. Moon
Executive Director, EBCNE
(617) 262-4050
[email protected]


May 24, 2016 – Boston, MA – The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) is pleased to announce that Janet Coit, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, is the recipient of the 2016 EBC Paul G. Keough Environmental – Energy Award for Government Service.

Janet Coit has worked in the environmental field for more than 20 years. As Director of DEM since 2011, Director Coit has been dedicated to protecting the quality of the environment and promoting Rhode Island’s natural resources, including Narragansett Bay and the state’s network of historic parks, beaches and iconic landscapes. She serves as chair of the State’s Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council and the Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative.  Prior to coming to RIDEM, she worked for ten years at The Nature Conservancy as Director of the Rhode Island Chapter. Before that, Ms. Coit served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works.

Ms. Coit’s background also includes working for three New England Senators and stints at the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice. She serves on the board of the Boy Scouts of America’s Narragansett Council.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, Ms. Coit holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was president of the Environmental Law Society.

The Paul G. Keough Environmental – Energy Award for Government Service was established by resolution of the Board of Directors on January 4, 1994. The award recognizes the significant contribution Paul Keough made to the environmental and energy industry and is awarded to an organization or individual for outstanding environmental leadership in government service.

Paul Keough (1946-1994) was one of the first employees hired at the EPA Boston office when it opened in 1971. He served the agency for over twenty years, earning accolades as a hard-nosed, energetic bureaucrat with an abiding commitment to the environment. Mr. Keough began at the EPA as the agency’s press secretary and spent over 10 years as the deputy administrator for New England. Mr. Keough had an enormous impact on the hundreds of EPA employees he worked with in the Region 1 office. He also had a major impact on the thousands of individuals from businesses and industry, New England’s many environmental organizations, and other federal, state and local government officials with whom he came in contact.

Ms. Coit will be honored at the Annual EBEE Awards Celebration on June 16 at the Marriott Hotel in Newton, Massachusetts.