Murphy, former Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, former Northern Neck Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly from 1982-2000, and former Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, delivered remarks applauding Marstel-Day’s commitment to environmental practices. In announcing his Chairman’s Award choice, Mr. Murphy said: “Marstel-Day stood out for me because of my own background in conservation. The exploitation of our natural resources is harmful to the economy whereas the preservation and wise use of those resources promotes economic growth. The work they are doing at Marstel-Day is good for the economy and good for the health of our environment.” Murphy reminded the audience (quoting former Senator Gaylord Nelson) that “…the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the natural world.” Over the long arc of his career, Murphy has played key roles in the development of Virginia’s environmental policies and added significantly to the Commonwealth’s inventory of state parks and natural areas
In response to receiving the award, Rubin said: “There are times when even the most conservation-minded of us can begin to feel our strength becoming frayed at the edges by forces that would seem to oppose the natural world every step of the way. Tayloe Murphy’s eloquent and thoughtful remarks gave us back a large measure of the dignity of which we’d sometimes been robbed. This morning our spines are straighter and our spirits higher. His comments reinforce our view that this Award was not by any means a ‘capstone’ event, but an invocation, a call to continue to go forward on our right path and remain ever-vigilant around the issues of protecting and conserving natural resources.”
Tayloe Murphy, Sr., for whom the Center is named, was a well-known businessman, entrepreneur, and state legislator who devoted much of his life to serving the Northern Neck area of Virginia. He also served the Commonwealth as Virginia State’s Treasurer during the Governor Darden administration. A key component of the Tayloe Murphy Center’s mission is thus devoted to activities intended to help strengthen and promote Virginia businesses, and the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards were conceived as a way to reward select Virginia entrepreneurial firms that act as change agents in the dialogue to spur economic vitality – especially among low-growth or low-income communities – by demonstrating continued success and sustained employment within their communities despite economic challenges.
Marstel-Day, along with four other winning firms who received awards in select sectors of the economy, received a scholarship for a one-week course at the Darden School’s Executive Education’s Program.
Since its founding in 2002, Marstel-Day has been committed to work in the fields of conservation planning, land use sustainability, water resource analyses and encroachment management. The Company has also branched out into new areas that lie at the intersection of land, water and energy use and the relationships among them.