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Mount Union Names Green Raider Awardees

May 2, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Sustainability Management Advisory Committee announced the third class of Green Raider Award winners on Tuesday.

The Mount Union “Green Raider” Sustainability Awards are presented annually to a faculty member, a staff member and a 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. Steve Kramer, professor emeritus of psychology; staff member Debbie Knepp, housekeeper; and student Sarah Kelly, senior public relations major of Lakewood, OH.

“The longevity and durability of Steve Kramer’s commitment to environmental and social justice is remarkable,” said Kramer’s nominator. “Steve has championed the sustainability cornerstone ideal of social responsibility throughout his tenure at Mount Union, providing deeply impactful experiences for students. He has worked without compensation as the campus sustainability coordinator for several years and has played a key role in developing the Eco-rep program on campus that recently morphed into the Green Raiders. Steve facilitates experiences that engage the entire campus and Alliance community in the sustainability movement.”

“Debbie Knepp is very good about recycling,” Knepp’s nominator said. “She is constantly pulling items from the trash barrel if they are recyclable. Most people would not take the time, but Debbie does. Because of her efforts, she has supplied her granddaughter with several box tops for education ad Campbell’s soup labels.”

“Sarah has served as a Sustainability Assistant for two years and as a Green Raider for the past year,” said Kelly’s nominator. “She is highly committed to the cause of sustainability and has taken a key leadership role this past year as we have transitioned to a slightly different model for our program. She has consistently been willing to offer ideas about ways to proceed and has been one of the most active students as we worked on projects such as Earth Hour, Game Day Challenge, Think Outside the Bottle, Get Caught Green-Handed and Recyclemania.”

Nominations were accepted from members of the campus community. Awardees were selected by a sub-committee of the Sustainability Management Advisory Committee and were honored with the planting of an Eastern Redbud Tree near the Hoover-Price Campus Center and having their names inscribed on the Green Raider Plaque along with previous and awardees.

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