Green Raider Awards Presented

April 25, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Sustainability Management Advisory Committee announced the recipients of the 2013 “Green Raider” awards on Earth Day.

The Mount Union “Green Raider” Sustainability Awards are presented annually to a faculty member, staff member and student who have enhanced sustainability at Mount Union through actions that promoted the principles of social, financial and environmental responsibility in ways that created a more sustainable, efficient and healthy atmosphere for the campus community.

This year’s recipients are faculty member Dr. Lori Kumler, assistant professor of international studies and political science; staff member Blaine Lewis, director of Physical Plant and student Kelly Slutz, a junior Spanish and sociology major of Smithville, OH.

This is Kumler’s first year teaching at Mount Union and she has made a positive impression on her students, colleagues, and members of the community. Kumler is active in the sustainability movement at Mount Union and the City of Alliance by being a member of the Alliance Green Commission and Green Alliance.

“She lives her life in a sustainable manner and can often be seen riding her bike to and from campus,” her nominee said. “Dr. Kumler has demonstrated how to incorporate sustainability concepts into the curriculum in a variety of classes and she sets a positive example through her own lifestyle.”

As Director of Physical Plant, Lewis works to find sustainable ways to manage Mount Union’s physical facilities. He also assists student groups in carrying out sustainability events such as “RecyleMania” and “Game Day Challenge.”

“Blaine was involved in the formation of the Sustainability Task Force many years ago and has been an active and engaged participant and leader ever since,” his nominator said. “Blaine has worked closely with the administration to prioritize new construction and renovations that improve the quality of life on campus while minimizing economic costs and energy consumption.”

Slutz, as an environmental science minor, has been involved in the issue of sustainability in the last few years.

“As a Program Administrator last year, she did a program on St. Patrick’s Day about being ‘green’ and did a bulletin board about the history and importance of Earth Day,” her nominee stated. “She did an excellent program for the Eco-Reps on water and sustainability and has done several programs in her residence hall on issues related to sustainability. She is doing an internship this year in Environmental Science and as a part of that is working with our local Green Alliance group, developing grant application and working to find sustainability solutions for the campus and city.”

Nominations were accepted from members of the campus community and a sub-committee of the Sustainability Management Advisory Committee made the final selection. Awardees will be honored with a plaque and a ‘Slender Silhouette’ Sweetgum tree was planted in their honor near Campus Lakes.

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