Berea College Students and Alums Honored for Earth Day 2015


Berea College students and a Berea alumna were among the individuals and groups who received Earth Day awards from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission in recognition of significant contributions to environmental protection.

The Berea College Student EcoChallenge Team, a diverse group of 11 student volunteers, produced the first carbon-neutral green basketball in Kentucky. The group’s goal is to increase awareness with those who would normally not be involved in such environmental efforts by involving various organizations on campus. Berea College placed first in the National Recyclemania (to increase recycling) and Campus Conservation National (to reduce energy consumption) competitions.

Berea College alumna Deborah Payne, ’02, serves as project director of the Health Impact Assessment of Shawnee Fossil Plant. Her goal is to increase community dialogue around health as it connects to both the environment and the local economy. Her success was measured by the level of increased stakeholder involvement through open dialogue and literature review.

In presenting the awards, Arnita Gadson, executive director of the Environmental Quality Commission, said “It’s an honor to recognize Kentuckians for their tireless efforts and unwavering advocacy to environmental protection. This year’s recipients are diverse and their efforts will have positive lasting effects in our state.”

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.