Harvey Gershman Receives SWANA’s 2013 Robert L. Lawrence Distinguished Service Award

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Fairfax, VA (October 15, 2013) – Harvey Gershman, President and Co-Founder of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB), was recently presented with the 2013 Robert L. Lawrence Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors in the solid waste industry, for his significant contribution to the solid waste management profession.

This prestigious industry award was presented during the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Awards Breakfast during WASTECON in Long Beach, CA. The event is the annual celebration of the best in the solid waste industry, as evaluated by peers against rigorous professional criteria set forth by SWANA.

“This is truly a humbling honor to be recognized this way by SWANA,” said Gershman. “Earth Day 1970 first inspired my career to focus on helping do better things with waste. Since then, I’ve had the chance to have mentors and partners with similar passion for better solid waste management. I’m also very thankful for the many great staff at GBB who helped meet the challenges of our clients, and for our wonderful clients who entrusted us to help them.”

“I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award. For this reason, it is a great honor to have co-sponsored this nomination,” noted Nancy Nevil, former Director of Sustainability and Environmental Services, City of Plano, TX, and recipient of the 2012 Lawrence Award. “Harvey’s calling into the field of solid waste management sprang from a desire to influence environmental decisions. He has certainly done that! You can see the imprint of his work in communities throughout the country and on hundreds of individuals who have benefited from his instruction and guidance. I count myself among those individuals.”

“Harvey has made significant contributions to the solid waste management industry. It was an honor for me to co-sponsor his name for this nomination,” said William Merry, General Manager of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, CA. “He is inquisitive and willing to invest personally and professionally to solve problems and to press forward to make programs more efficient and effective, not only for his clients, but for his community and across the nation. We look forward to his input in the industry for many years to come.”

About GBB

GBB is a national solid waste management consulting firm founded in 1980 that works on solid waste collection, processing, recycling and disposal issues and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services at the local, state, and national levels for both the public and private sectors. For more information on the firm and its products and services, visit,, or call 703-573-5800.