December 17, 2009

Sustainability Fellow Recognized for Efforts

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Case Western Reserve University's Sustainability Fellow was recently recognized for her efforts by a Northeast Ohio organization focused on best practices in the sustainability field.

Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) recently named Linda Robson one of its Champions of Sustainability. The award recognizes individuals who implement sustainability principles at their business or organization. Recipients are champions of sustainability in a variety of areas. Examples are: encouraging their business or organization to install solar panels, purchasing local foods, designing green roofs and recycling waste water.

Nominations were made by community members. Robson was nominated by Gene Matthews, director of facilities services at Case Western Reserve.

"Linda has been the 'face' of sustainability at CWRU. She has met with hundreds of students, staff and faculty to promote sustainable practices," Matthews wrote.

"She has been the driving force behind the development of 'green teams' throughout the university," Matthews added. She has led the campus to sustainability through a broad range of activities. He also wrote that Robson has taught classes, co-developed an undergraduate summer sustainability research program and participated in multiple trash audits in the development of our recycling program.

Robson, along with six other individuals, were honored for their efforts at the E4S Seventh Annual Champions of Sustainability awards program, held last month.

"Being recognized by the sustainability community is especially meaningful given how proud I am of what we've accomplished over the past four years," Robson said. "Anyone who knows or works with me knows I love what I do. I love the people I do it with and the organization in which I work. Across all levels of the university, we are coming up with ways to incorporate sustainable practices and ideas into the univerisity's well known, existing strengths, so this award is for all of us to see what's possible for Case Western Reserve."

Matthews said that Robson's efforts are recognized by her peers both in and outside of academia, and that her "passion and tireless commitment to both sustainability, and this institution, has inspired the campus population, from custodians to the senior administration, to adopt sustainable practices."

This is the second time an individual from the university won an E4S Champion of Sustainability award. Matthews was a 2006 recipient.

Over the past several years, the university has made significant strides in the area of sustainability, including:

Learn more about the university's sustainability efforts.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, December 17, 2009 10:14 AM | News Topics: Awards, Campus Life, Energy, Staff, features, sustainability

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