Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), was awarded the 2016 International Award of Excellence in Conservation by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). As executive director of TPWD since 2008, Smith is responsible for overseeing 3,100 professionals in 11 divisions including Wildlife, State Parks, Coastal and Inland Fisheries, and the Texas Game Wardens. Previously Smith was state director of The Nature Conservancy of Texas. Passionate about the great outdoors, he serves on several conservation-related boards and advisory councils and championed the Children & Nature Network movement in Texas.
Created in 1995, the International Award of Excellence in Conservation is presented to honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the ideals expressed in BRIT’s mission. BRIT’s annual award event has played an important role in raising public awareness of its mission and has brought an increased understanding of the importance of conservation issues and environmental awareness. Through the education of supporters, BRIT has added to the global efforts to save the diminishing resources of the planet.
Peloton congratulates Smith on his award and supports BRIT’s commitment to research, conservation, and educational programs. Peloton CEO, Aric Head, serves on the Board of Directors of BRIT.