Each year, Rochester Public Utilities and the Olmsted County Environmental Commission award several individuals and organizations in Rochester the Environmental Achievement Award for their significant contributions to environmental quality in Olmsted County.
This year, UMR was nominated by Joseph Marchesani who is a member of the Olmsted County Environmental Commission.
During his 13 years at the University, Mr. Marchesani attended, initiated and participated in many projects that contributed to a greater understanding of the environment and our impact as humans upon it. In his nominating document, he highlighted several of these projects.
“This award will, I trust, remind our community of one of the many valuable contributions that UMR has made and continues to make to the people of Olmsted County and our region,” says Marchesani.
The UMR Sierra Student Coalition and its faculty advisor, Professor Jessie Barnett Schimek, will receive the award for the Coalition’s numerous efforts in the environmental field dating back to the early 2000s such as community tree planting, collecting air quality data, helping with buckthorn removal throughout Rochester and participating in Rochester’s Climate March/March for Science.
“The Student Sierra Coalition at UMR is a testament to students' determination, initiative and commitment to our community's health,” says Barnett Schimek. “Not only did UMR students pave the way for UMR as a leader in environmental health during this key time in Rochester's developmental history, but they also collaborated with a group of experts in true public health fashion. Congratulations to the UMR SSC, the entire Air Quality team, and to the citizen scientists who helped make this study a reality!"
The award will be presented at a banquet later this month.