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GreenPower Administrator wins award for promoting sustainability in schools

U.S. Green Building Council Chapter recognizes Amelia Gulling for efforts in Nevada 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2012
Media Contact: Ashley Conroy 

amelia-usgbc-awardClick image to enlargeLAS VEGAS – Amelia Gulling, Desert Research Institute GreenPower Program Administrator was recognized by the Nevada Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council last Tuesday for her dedication to promote sustainability in Nevada. 

Gulling said she was thrilled to win the “2012 Amazing Individual” award that highlights the work she conducts encouraging teachers to educate their students on how to be environmentally conscience. 

“It was nice to be recognized by such a great organization for a worthy cause I’m very passionate about,” Gulling said. 

This award was given to Gulling on behalf of her work organizing “Nevada’s USGBC Chapter’s First Green Apple Day of Service” in September where she helped Jerome Middle School students plant a native edible garden at the school. 

Gulling also realized that Nevada was one of two states in the nation without a green schools committee. Her dedication to environmental efforts prompted her to change this and she became the first “Green School Committee” chairperson under the USGBC Nevada Chapter. 

“The goal is to engage students more and educate them on environmental sustainability for years to come,” Gulling said. 

This past year, Gulling also helped 18 teachers in Clark County obtain professional green classroom certificates enhancing their ability to teach students’ to be environmentally conscience in their daily lives. 

In the next year, Gulling also plans to work with a recycling collaboration group in Henderson, coordinate a comprehensive “Green Boxes” program where 15 to 20 containers with sustainable items will be placed in schools, and work on a partnership with Clark High School as a spotlight school for GreenPower. 

About the Desert Research Institute: DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education strives to be the world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world. 

About GreenPower: GreenPower is designed to promote and support the education of Nevada’s preK-12 students about environmental and climate topics by providing schools and educators free professional development, trainings, and workshops as well as grants, scholarships, and curriculum activities that meet state core standards. 

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