Professor of Biology Brenda Young Honored by EPA

Recognized by Environmental Protection Agency as Among New Yorkers Having a Major Impact on the Environment 


May 31, 2013



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            Daemen Professor of Biology Dr. Brenda L. Young, director of the Global and Sustainability Program, has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her role in promoting environmental education in Western New York.


            Young is one of 17 individuals and organizations from across New York State recognized with Environmental Quality Awards by the agency for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment.


           Michael Basile, representing the EPA Western New York Regional office, made the presentation May 30 at Daemen College.


            “Dr. Young is representative of Daemen’s deep commitment to following best environmental practices in all operations,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Her efforts reflect our intention to lead by example and promote environmental awareness locally and globally.”


            Young was honored by the EPA as the driving force behind Enviro-News, an electronic newsletter that serves as the focal point for environmental activities in the Western New York region. The newsletter, which Young has been compiling and editing since January 2006 – and now has more than 1,000 readers on its list – provides updates about events, courses, local news, grants, and training opportunities of interest to the environmental community in eight counties in Western New York. The newsletter has also evolved to include local blogs, and website links that help environmental groups share information and strengthen ties.


            “EPA is thrilled to honor the work of our environmental trailblazers,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “These New Yorkers have a major impact on protecting the environment in their communities and inspire us all to work for a cleaner, healthier environment.”


            Young holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and an M.S. from the University of Central Florida. Her B.A. is from Miami University. She conducted her post-doctoral research at Plymouth Marine Lab, England; the University of Minnesota; and the University of Wisconsin.


            In June, 2009, Young received accreditation as a LEED Professional. LEED Certification is awarded for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which identifies building professionals who possess the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process.


Young’s subsequent participation with Daemen administrators and outside architects helped to bring LEED Certification to two major Daemen campus construction projects. In 2010 the Daemen Research & Information Commons, which opened in January, 2009, received Gold LEED status from the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizing its state-of-the-art environmental design.  

In 2012 the College received a second Gold LEED certification, for the Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts, an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly facility utilizing ‘green’ technology, geothermal heating, and which reuses existing space without expanding the College’s footprint.

EPA Environmental Quality Awards


The EPA presents Environmental Quality Awards annually during Earth Week to individuals, businesses, government agencies, environmental and community-based organizations, and members of the media in EPA Region 2. The Region covers New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight federally-recognized Indian Nations. The awards recognize significant contributions to improving the environment and public health in the previous calendar year.


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