October 20, 2010

Sustainability innovators honored

Emory honored six individuals on campus who have played an integral role in helping take Emory’s sustainability initiatives to the next level. The Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards were presented at the Sustainable Food Fair on Oct. 1.

Recipients were selected by their affiliation with Emory as an employee, faculty member, student, sustainability representative  and alum.

The 2010 Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Award recipients are:

• Staffer Michael Kloss, director of the Office of University Events. Kloss conducted a special training for Emory’s event planners to learn about how to host sustainable events and assisted the Office of Sustainability Initiatives in establishing a Green Events Certification program. He also created Emory Encore  an online exchange site for surplus event materials.

• Faculty members Peter Wakefield and Betty Woodman, for leading the development and launch of a new sustainability minor at Emory. The minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with expanded opportunities to learn about sustainability.

• Student Jason Myers, who along with other students from Candler School of Theology, formed a sustainability group called Creation Keepers. Creation Keepers have increased Candler’s commitment to sustainability. Through their work, they have organized, planted and continue to tend the educational food garden next to Candler.

• Sustainability representative Michael Huerkamp helped implement non-infectious animal bedding composting in the Division of Animal Resources. From January until August of this year, Emory diverted approximately 75,000 pounds of animal bedding waste from landfills.

• Alumna Tara Whitehead-Stotland, who led “Blue and Gold Make Green,” a new network for alumni interested in or working in the field of sustainability.

This year, the award was renamed the Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Award to recognize the recently retired vice president of Campus Services. Hascall was a champion of Emory’s sustainability initiatives, specifically its sustainable design and green building practices. Thanks in part to Hascall’s vision, Emory has one of the largest inventories of LEED-certified building space in America. 

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