Oregon Commission For Women Honors Robin Morris Collin



Norma J. Paulus Professor of Law Robin Morris Collin, a nationwide leader in the area of sustainability and environmental justice, is one of four winners of the 2012 Oregon Women of Achievement Award from the Oregon Commission for Women. Past winners include former Oregon House Speaker and Portland Mayor Vera Katz; former U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley; and Columbia Sportswear founder Gert Boyle.

Morris Collin’s husband Robert W. Collin, an adjunct lecturer at the College of Law, nominated her for the award. He cited her leadership on the Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force, which won an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other honors she has received, including from the Oregon State Bar. Morris Collin was the first professor to teach sustainability at an American law school and lectures widely on the topic.

“While sustainability in the US is dominated by privileged white male leadership, sustainability in most of the world is the work of women,” Collin wrote in his nominating letter. “Professor Collin’s excellent work and leadership in sustainability at home and abroad restores women’s leadership voice to this growing contemporary dialogue.”

Added Secretary of State Kate Brown, who has worked with Morris Collin on the Oregon Sustainability Board: “She really puts her heart and soul into her work.”

Morris Collin said the award recognizes that sustainability, environmentalism and equity are women’s issues. “It’s about finding balance between our economic and business needs and our community’s health and values,” she said. “Women need to be part of the decision-making structure.”