Earthwise Award Winners Announced

David Dean, Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability at North Carolina State University recently recognized one student, staff and faculty member for outstanding achievement in the field of sustainability on campus with the 6th Annual Earthwise Awards. The ceremony was a part of the first eGames and the awards presented by Dr. William E. Winner, Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and Coordinator for the University Energy Council. Each recipient received a recycled glass plaque, $200 cash and a pair of tickets to a football game, courtesy of the Athletic Department.

Dr. H. Christopher Frey was awarded the faculty award for his continued research and dedication to education in the fields of air pollution control, air quality and human exposure to air pollutants and pathogens. His work has demonstrated that soy-based B20 fuel leads to reductions in emissions of many air pollutants including nitrogen oxides. Dr. Frey is a founding advisor of the North Carolina State University student chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association which was recognized last year by the national association with a third place award for best student chapter. All of these efforts bring significant recognition to the campus community.

Marcus Wade Fulghum is the 2009 recipient for NC State staff. Wade, as he is commonly called, began his time at the university in the Office of Energy Management and was a key organizer of the water challenge between NC State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which saved over 11 million gallons combined. Currently, Wade is a program manager at the North Carolina Solar Center and helping to form the “Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies” economic development cluster.

Natalie Bunch has been very active in sustainability initiatives since arriving on campus four years ago. Ms. Bunch is a Caldwell Fellow who serves as the student-lead for the WE Recycle program in Waste Reduction & Recycling (WRR). She also writes the Installment, a monthly newsletter filled with informative sustainable information for students and distributed by WRR. As a Caldwell Fellow she has helped to make the meetings more sustainable by encouraging attendees to bring their own reusable utensils and plates or containers. Ms. Bunch constantly volunteers for community activities outside of the university including a non-profit organization she is helping to start that will bring arts to underprivileged children in North Carolina.

The Office of Sustainability would like to thank all those who nominated, voted and otherwise participated in the 2009 Earthwise Awards. The 2009 recipients represent a high standard of excellence for individual achievement in sustainability and it is leaders such as these that are helping make our campus more sustainable.

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