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GreenPower Administrator wins award for promoting sustainability in schools

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Desert Research Institute: Image by Bob Conrad(Las Vegas/Reno) – Amelia Gulling, Desert Research Institute GreenPower Program Administrator was recognized by the Nevada Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council on December 11th for her dedication to promote sustainability in Nevada.

Gulling is 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.

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