Dr. Brenda Young Honored for efforts promoting environmental responsibility on campus and in the community

Dr. Brenda Young Honored for the Best Earth Day Year Round Activities


May 5, 2011



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations




            Daemen College was a double winner in this year’s “Going Green” competition, sponsored by Ecology and Environment, Inc., held during Earth Week in April. Daemen won the Good Going WNY “Highest Participation Award” for the fourth year in a row for its efforts to encourage alternative transportation. In addition, Daemen Professor of Biology Dr. Brenda L. Young was recognized for her efforts promoting environmental responsibility on campus and in the community.


           Dr. Young received an award for the “Best Earth Day Year Round Activities” as a leader of environmental awareness on the Daemen campus and in Western New York. On campus, one of the most visible symbols of Daemen’s gone-green commitment is represented by the Ecotrail, a successful project first proposed by Dr. Young and Associate Professor of Graphic Design Kevin J. Kegler. Another green initiative, Daemen’s recycling programs, also received essential strong support and guidance from Dr. Young.


           In the community, Dr. Young’s commitment encompasses support of a wide range of other environmental and ‘going green’ pursuits in Western New York. These include serving on the board of directors of the Buffalo Audubon Society and Western New York Sustainable Energy Association, and as a key contributor to the Western New York Environmental Alliance. In addition, Dr. Young was recognized by the “Going Green” competition for her monthly EnviroNews, which she has been compiling and editing since January 2006, and which now has more than 1,000 readers on its list. Dr. Young’s EnviroNews is also credited for laying the groundwork for development of the www.GrowWNY.org website.


           Dr. Young also has national certification as a LEED Professional (LEED AP), which distinguishes building professionals with possessing the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In 2010, the Daemen Research & Information Commons received Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, currently the only such recognition given by the Council to a Western New York college campus.  


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