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Former BC Student Rewarded For Work In Sustainability

Megan Naseman, a recent graduate from Berea College received the Student Sustainability Leadership Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The award, which comes with a $750 prize, honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability.

Former student Megan Naseman spent her BC career working for sustainability on campus.

Naseman, of Anna, Ohio, graduated with an independent major in Outdoor Education in May 2007. At Berea, Naseman led sustainability outreach efforts. She served as the Outreach Coordinator for the college’s Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS) Program and was a student director of the SENS demonstration house in the Berea College Ecovillage, a residential and learning complex on campus that models sustainable building and living practices.

Megan organized major events and activities including Campus Sustainability Month, StepItUp, Earth Month, and more. Megan also organized a sustainability-focused training session for all of Resident Assistants in the College’s Residential Housing and produced a directory of campus sustainability efforts as well as educational handouts about the Ecovillage and sustainable living.

Judges were particularly impressed with Megan's collaborative and welcoming approach to sustainability and her success at engaging new audiences in sustainability efforts.

The awards were presented at the 7th biennial Greening of the Campus conference entitled, Partnering for Sustainability: Enabling a Diverse Future (Sept. 6-8 at Ball State University).

"We had a very competitive pool of applicants this year, so winning one of these awards is a major achievement," said Tom Kimmerer, the Executive Director of AASHE.

The awards are endorsed by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), a network of 13 leading higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies as well as in the system of higher education.

AASHE received 21 applications for the campus awards and 12 applicants for the student award. The award winners were selected by pools of campus sustainability experts assembled by AASHE.

In 2006, Berea College received the AASHE Campus Sustainability Leadership Award for overall commitment to sustainability.

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2005 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. Its membership has quadrupled since its establishment. It now counts 150 campus members and is still growing rapidly. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.

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