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City recognizes Missouri State’s sustainability efforts

Monday, April 22, 2013
Members of residence life, housing and dining services  accept award from Sustainability Advisory Committee co-chairs Dr. Tamera Jahnke and Ken McClure.

Members of residence life, housing and dining services accept award from Sustainability Advisory Committee co-chairs Dr. Tamera Jahnke and Ken McClure.


Missouri State University’s commitment to sustainability was recognized during the 13th annual Springfield/Greene County Choose Environmental Excellence awards April 19.

The Tree City USA Citizens Advisory Committee (TCUSACAC) selected two recipients for their efforts toward protecting and enhancing Springfield’s community forest: Missouri State and Dr. Janice Greene, professor of biology and director of the Bull Shoals Field Station.

The university was selected in part due to President Clif Smart’s appointment of a Sustainability Advisory Committee comprised of key personnel, community representation and students. This committee provided the guidance to establish MSU as a Tree Campus USA member. John Clark, assistant director of facilities management for grounds services, accepted the award.

Greene has served on the TCUSACAC first as a member, and then as chairman, during which time she developed the Tree Species List for the City of Springfield. She is co-founder and co-director of GLADE (Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems) and director of the Bull Shoals Field Station, where she has expanded the station’s outreach and established a growing network of conservation partners and supporters. She also conducts workshops in Project Learning Tree, Project WILD and Project WET, all national environmental education programs.

Missouri State University’s Sustainability Advisory Committee made a presentation of an award during the luncheon to recognize a sustained commitment to environmental excellence, programming that makes an impact on environmental excellence and outcomes that indicate that the award winner is making a difference. The award was given to the university’s residence life, housing and dining services.

The award was give to residence life, housing and dining services because the unit has a strong recycling program, looks for operational changes that help them be more sustainable, and organizes a number of events and programs that educate and encourage sustainability. This group is also responsible for implementing and maintaining the campus Green Bike program.

For a full listing of all awards, visit http://www.springfieldmo.gov/cee/pdfs/CEEAwards2013.pdf.

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