As CEO of AAEA for twenty years, Norris McDonald has been blessed with a wide variety of experiences. Staff and offices have shifted over the years. His personal and professional circumstances have also shifted over the past two decades. Marriage, divorce, birth, death, up, down and all around -- the ride for him and AAEA is not over yet. Fortunately, AAEA has provided many people with invaluable moments and hopefully we have made a difference. Below you will find important AAEA moments frozen in a snapshot, such as McDonald’s visit with Dr. Jackson, Gustave. A picture is worth a thousand words and we want to provide you with a limitless view. When McDonald worked for the Environmental Policy Center/Institute (now Friends of the Earth) -- 1979 -1985, he organized the first Energy Braintrust during the Congressional Black Caucus Weekend in 1981 for the late Congressman Mickey Leland.
In 1987, AAEA sponsored a Capitol Hill event for the release of a toxic waste report by the United Church of Christ. The report, Toxic Waste and Race, was written by Benjamin Goldman and was one of the first reports of its kind in the 1980's. Pictured below at left, Norris McDonald presenting award to Benjamin Chavis (Congressman John Lewis is to the right). The middle picture includes 80's board members David Hahn Baker and Jannie Pittman. Also pictured are Ben Chavis, Congressman Howard Wolpe (D-MI) and former AAEA board member Bill Chandler (Batelle). The awards ceremony was moved into the foyer of the north wing of the Rayburn House Office Building because it was raining. The event was to be held in the courtyard of the Rayburn House Office Building (1987).
Canyon DeShelly at the White House Ruins on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.
Norris McDonald in the middle with Robert Redford kneeling to his right. Navajo Chairman Peterson Zah is at Redford's right (1984).
AAEA Board member and consultant Derry Bigby and Norris McDonald
with housing inspector conducting and energy audit in Washington, D.C.
Environment Magazine Award (1991)
AAEA/CECE Internship Program 1989. AAEA placed interns at:
1) Sierra Club, 2) United Nations Environment Program, 3) Greenpeace, 4) Chesapeake Bay Program, 5) Maryland Governor's office 6) Environment & Energy Study Institute, 7) Scenic America, 8) American Lung Association, 9) Natural Resources Defense Council, 10) American Forestry Association, 11) Global Tomorrow Coalition, 12) Environmental Action Foundation, and 13) National Wildlife Federation.
AAEA took the intens from the Capitol to the outback of tributaries to the Anacostia River
AAEA reception at Washington Bullets (now Wizards) game with Congressman Albert Wynn, Norris McDonald, Prince George's County member, Bullets point guard and AAEA board member Frank Johnson (1986-1990) and AAEA board member Derry Bigby backstage at the Capital Centre after a basketball game.
AAEA sponsored Anacostia and Potomac River tours in the 1990s. Our 22 foot Boston Whaler was docked at Seafarer's Yacht Club, the first African American boat club in the United States. AAEA President Norris McDonald is pictured releasing lines to begin the tour with inner city youth. Dr. Jackson, Gustave is standing in the middle of the boat. McDonald also piloted the boat on the tours. Dr. Jackson Gustave is a AAEA geologist.
AAEA sponsored tours with EPA sponsored (Gore/Embeki Commission) river tours with representatives from South Africa.
Norris McDonald at the helm. Kids are seated with life jackets on. Dr. Jackson stands at right.
AAEA sponosred tours with EPA sponsored (Gore/Embeki Commission) river tours with representatives from South Africa.
Norris McDonald, Greenpeace president Peter Bahouth and AAEA founding board mmeber Dick Gregory
National Wildlife Federation Conservation Award presented to Norris McDonald by NWF Chair and Executive Director in Tucson, Arizona ( 1997)
Maryland Governor Paris N. Glendening appointed AAEA President Norris McDonaldto serve on the Maryland Environmental Justice Commission (1998)
AAEA assisted Avesta Sheffiend Steel Company in addressing pollution issues at the site and took Baltimore inner city youth on a tour of the facility. President Roy Cooke, Avesta Sheffield-East President is in green at left, Joe Duncan, President of the United Steel Workers of America, Local 1245 in the middle and Norris McDonald at right at the steel plant near Baltimore.(1998)
AAEA participated in river clean up with EPA Region III during Earth Day around and in Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1988)