Mount Union Presents “Green Raider” Awards

October 18, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — “Bleed purple, live green,” is the motto members of the University of Mount Union’s Sustainability Management Advisory Committee thrive for. Through educating and communicating Mount Union’s campus on the importance of sustainability, the group seeks to make the campus and community environmentally sound.

Each year, the committee receives nominations for the “Green Raider” award, an honor given to a faculty member, staff member and student who have promoted sustainability through social, financial or environmental responsibility.

This year’s recipients include Zachary Suhar, Lorie Miller and Deborah Boyd-Kimball. During a ceremony held Friday, October 12, a tree was planted in honor of the award winners. A tree-shaped wooden plaque with the winner’s engraved names will hang in the MAAC.

Zachary Suhar, a senior environmental science minor of Cedarburg, WI, was nominated for the award by Dr. Chuck McClaugherty, professor of biology and director of the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. Zachary has worked closely with Dr. Steve Kramer, faculty emeritus, on the student group of the Sustainability Management Advisory Committee. He is responsible for the Eco-rep handbook which residence halls are basing their Eco-Rep program around. According to his nomination form, Zachary can always be counted on to voice ideas and offer help related to going green.

Lorie Miller, director of community educational outreach at Mount Union, was nominated by staff members of the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. According to her nomination letter, Miller has gone above and beyond to create a sustainable community on campus. She has been a figurehead in organizing sustainable events such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Women’s History Month and National Neighborhood Day. Miller also raises awareness about waste and recycling on campus through the Trash to Treasure Sale, allowing community members to purchase gently used items at low cost and donating unsold items to nonprofit organizations. Through her events, students and community members have been brought together to raise sustainable awareness.

Deborah Boyd-Kimball, associate professor of chemistry and director of the honors program, was nominated by Dr. Steve Kramer. According to her nomination letter, Boyd-Kimball has shown great interest in sustainability throughout her teaching career at Mount Union. She taught the campuses’ first course devoted entirely to sustainability. Through her work, sustainability is closer to a realization on campus. She is committed to sustainability and increasing students’ knowledge on the topic.


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