Community college awarded for environmental efforts

April 18, 2017 by  

The STEM Division of Baton Rouge Community College recently announced that it has received an Environmental Leadership Program Award from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

The award was given to the college for its initiative to raise awareness about water resources. Various activities were involved in the program about environmental education. The head of the program was Dr. Sandra Guzman, Interim Department Chair Science, and other participants included the Human Rights Initiative, in which faculty from the college’s Liberal Arts Division were involved, and the Green Bears Club.

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré delivered the Karen Stephens Science Lecture as the first activity of the program. His talk covered information about the problem of sinkholes, saltwater intrusion, coastal erosion, and status and concerns about aquifers in Louisiana.

Geaux Green Day, an educational outreach event that was aligned with Earth Day, was another activity. Vendors were brought in to showcase a range of sustainability practices, and exhibition projects of students at the college were displayed, all promoting sustainability and unity in the Baton Rouge community. They may have also created flyers about these projects that attendees could take home for further perusal.

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyres Institute Research Director, presented the final Karen Stephens Science Lecture on his research on plastic microbeads, which laid the groundwork for the Federal Microbeads-free Water Act of 2015.