Green Campus Day and Awards
Thursday, April 18
Woodland Commons Building
9am - 2pm
UMass Dartmouth’s 5th annual Green Campus Day and Awards Ceremony will take place Thursday, April 18, from 9am – 2pm, at the Woodland Commons Building. Hosted by the Office of Campus and Community Sustainability, Green Campus Day is a recap of the year's sustainability initiatives at UMass Dartmouth, while indicating what lies in the near future. Chancellor Divina Grossman will attend to honor awardees of this year’s Green Campus Awards.
This year marks the 5-year anniversary of UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Initiative, so there will be a special retrospective of the history of sustainable development at UMass Dartmouth. Staff, students, faculty, administration, and colleagues from local/regional organizations will attend to highlight student and academic achievements, as well as outline new and ongoing campus projects, such as the Living Classroom forest project, gardening and permaculture, building performance renovations for all campus buildings, and the recently completed renovations of the University Library.
Scheduled events for Green Campus Day include a guided trail walk and tree identification workshop in the woodlands, a special sculpture unveiling, and a ‘Green’ tour of the Library’s renovations. From 11:30am - 1pm will be the Green Campus Awards, which recognizes those allies that have not only embraced the principles of sustainability, but have proven crucial to ensuring its fundamental role in the lives and operations of the entire UMass Dartmouth community. The 2013 Green Campus Awardees are as follows:
Student - Olivia Campbell: Olivia Campbell, Senior in Physics with a Minor in Sustainability Studies, is one of the Sustainability Office’s first Green Navigators. Ms. Campbell has worked with Housing and Resident Life to implement recycling in the Residence Halls, has supervised and mentored many students as a Coordinator for the Green Navigators, and has proved herself a tireless advocate for sustainable initiatives both on campus and in the community.
Faculty - Dr. Adam Sulkowski, Associate Professor for Charlton College of Business: Dr. Sulkowski’s partnership with his MBA students in documenting UMass Dartmouth Sustainability led to the world’s first GRI university report to reach an A-level of compliance. His leadership of the University’s Net Impact chapter has developed them into an award-winning team, and his passionate belief in sustainability has steered many students into related academics and careers.
Staff - Troy Bortness, Mason, Facilities: Mr. Bortness has contributed generous assistance of time and expertise to our campus garden and forest crews and has shown consistent stewardship of the UMass Dartmouth landscape.
Academic Department – Public Policy: The Public Policy Department has forwarded sustainability academics through its help in creating our online certificate programs and, more recently, working on the Masters in Sustainable Development program. The Department has consistently advanced the research and practice of sustainability through community partnerships, student internships, and multi-disciplinary projects spanning across all colleges.
Community - Adrienne Raichalle Wilkins: Adrienne Wilkins for her work as Assistant Outreach Coordinator for home and community energy-savings initiative New Bedford Energy Now, her work with New Bedford’s People Organizing for Wealth and Ecological Restoration (P.O.W.E.R.), and involvement in other ‘green’ projects for the city.
Outstanding Achievement – Claire T. Carney Library: Notable for its transformation into the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building at UMass Dartmouth, complete with many sustainable features in its design and operation.
All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend Green Campus Day at Woodland Commons. Contact the Sustainability Office at 508-910-6958 for more information. Students can also learn more from the Facebook pages for The Office of Campus and Community Sustainability at UMass Dartmouth, and the Green Navigators.