Environmentalist David Thom has scooped the ICE's Gold Medal for 1999, its premier award for engineering achievement. Thom, a New Zealander, was nominated for the award for his 'sustained contribution to civil engineering over many years', and for serving the cause of environmental engineering. He will be presented with the medal at the ICE awards ceremony in November. Thom was made CBE in 1982 after playing a huge role in setting the environmental agenda in New Zealand. On a global level, as chairman of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations' committee on engineering and the environment, he has promoted sustainability in the engineering profession across the world. Thom is a past president of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and a Fellow of the ICE.