As a lifelong Jackson Browne fan, I am excited to announce that he will be awarded Duke University’s LEAF award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in Fine Arts.
Browne was selected by the executive committee of the school’s Board of Visitors, which cited “his extraordinary body of work as a songwriter and musician that reminds us of the magical and redemptive connection that exists between all peoples and the natural world, and of the mysteries of time and distance that constrain our lives.” In recognition of this, as well as his “early, strong and untiring advocacy for the planet,” Browne will be presented with the LEAF award in a public ceremony at Page Auditorium beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday during Duke Alumni Reunion Weekend.
“Jackson Browne is no pretender. While inspiring a generation to work for a better life and a better future for our children through his music, he has advocated for environmental stewardship and has a house that runs entirely on wind and solar power,” said William L. Chameides, dean of the Nicholas School. “Browne exemplifies what the Duke LEAF Award is all about. We are thrilled to have him come to the Duke campus to receive the award.”