Four sustainability leaders in Vermont were recognized last month at the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony in Boston. Prof. Jacob Park (business) was presented with the individual merit award from Vermont.
Jacob, who serves as a director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, was nominated in particular for his work on climate change education. In the spring of 2014, he served as project director and core faculty member on a student project exploring flood resiliency as a community development priority for Rutland County three years after Hurricane Irene. Working with scientists, city planners, government officials and other leaders, Jacob, in conjunction with other GMC faculty members and students, unveiled four key steps to institutionalize local flood resiliency in Vermont. That summer, in recognition of his leadership in this area, Jacob was also awarded the Community Climate Change Fellowship Award by EECapacity, a national environmental education training program led by Cornell University. He used the fellowship to work with farmers and agricultural groups on the growing impact of climate change on Vermont food and agricultural issues.
Each year EPA New England recognizes individuals and groups in the six New England states who have worked to protect or improve the region’s environment in distinct ways. The merit awards, given out since 1970, honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts.