Mount Union Presents 2016 Green Raider Awards

April 25, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – During a ceremony held near the Campus Lakes on Earth Day, the University of Mount Union presented Green Raider Awards to a group of recipients who enhance sustainability on campus.

Each year, Mount Union presents awards to a faculty member, staff member and a student who showcase a strong awareness of living green through their dedication to promoting the principles of social, financial and environmental responsibility both to the University and the Alliance community.

This year’s recipients are Dr. Paul Tidman, professor of philosophy and religious studies; Jim Rhodes, assistant director of the physical plant and senior Becky Oblak, a middle childhood education major of Strongsville, Ohio. In honor of these individuals, the Mount Union Physical Plant planted an Eastern Redbud tree near the Campus Lakes. In addition, each recipient was presented with a sustainability-related book in his or her field of expertise.

According to Anson Gross, Mount Union grounds and fleet supervisor, the Eastern Redbud was chosen because it will add spring color to the south side of the lakes on campus. Gross said the tree will have a deep pink bloom in April and a unique branching structure. The tree will grow to a height of 20 to 30 feet and will be “right at home underneath the outer canopy of the mature pin oaks nearby,” he said.

Tidman leads the Wilderness Trip and teaches environmental ethics at Mount Union. His nominator said of Tidman, “he really broadened my ideas when it comes to environmentalism and the ways I should treat things like plants and insects and wild animals in general. My Mount Union experience would not be nearly as good if not for him.”

Rhodes is a leader in the area of sustainability in both the Physical Plant and throughout the campus. He is a founding member of the Sustainability Management Advisory Committee (SMAC) and is involved in promoting the sustainability cause with student organizations. He volunteers to be a guest speaker in classes on campus and is always willing to sit and discuss the various ways people can help be more sustainable in their work and home lives. According to his nominator, “Rhodes plays a valuable role within Physical Plant, initiating energy reducing projects for water, natural gas and electricity.”

Oblak has been a Green Raider for four years. She has participated in sustainability events such as freshman orientation, No Impact Week, Game Day Challenge, Recyclemania and Earth Month. According to her nominator, “her many suggestions for improvements and contributions to campus sustainability initiatives have been invaluable.”

These three recipients exemplified efforts in sustainability over the course of this year through their commitment to education, operational efficiency and social awareness,” said Jamie Greiner, sustainability and campus outreach manager at Mount Union.


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