First Annual Leaders in Campus Sustainability Awards Recipients

Submitted by Carolyn Arnold, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications on May 22, 2013

By Meg McCaffrey

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(L-R) Dr. Osier, Dr. Klug, Fitzpatrick

Fairfield University community members Drs. Lisa Newton, Jennifer Klug, Tod Osier and James Fitzpatrick were honored with the inaugural ‘Leaders in Campus Sustainability Awards,’ given by the University’s Program on the Environment.

The founding of the awards comes in the wake of a significant Fairfield University initiative that has resulted in a reduction of the campus carbon footprint stemming from multiple green measures.

Faculty members who comprise the Environment Program Steering Committee (EPSC) created the award to recognize an individual or group that have made a demonstrated difference in the quality of sustainability efforts on campus.

“To inaugurate the award, the EPSC believed it was appropriate to acknowledge the very, very important contributions made in prior years by these members of the Fairfield community,” said Dr. David Downie, associate professor of politics and director of the Program on the Environment who chairs the committee. “Thus, we were pleased to announce, via unanimous votes, the first winners of this award.”

  • Professor Lisa Newton, professor emeritus, Department of Philosophy and founder of the Program on the Environment, was the winner of the Leaders in Campus Sustainability Award for Lifetime Achievement for her efforts supporting campus sustainability and environmental education during her long and productive career at Fairfield.
  • James Fitzpatrick ’70, of Fairfield, Conn., assistant vice president of administration and student affairs, was the winner of the Leaders in Campus Sustainability Award for Lifetime Achievement for his support of campus sustainability and student environmental activities during his 43-yearlong career at Fairfield.
  • Drs. Jennifer Klug and Tod Osier, both of Newtown, Conn., associate professors of biology, were winners of the Leaders in Campus Sustainability Award for 2011-2012 for creating the campus community garden.  Their leadership in creating support for this initiative, building the garden itself, overseeing its operation, and involving students in educational and co-curricular activities involving the garden has had a lasting and important impact on our campus.

Presentation of the awards were made among the many Earth Week events on campus in April.

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