School of the Environment to honor class in ceremony on Earth Day

April 21, 2009

Friedman's HPEB class

Dr. Daniela Friedman, bottom center, was the instructor
for an Arnold School class recognized with an
Environmental Stewardship Award by the USC School
of the Environment. Members of the team included:
Amy Trepal, kneeling, and, from left, Helene Vilme,
Leanne Bailey, Ella Ashley Fleming, Manju Tanwar,
Nancy Chase, Diana Marquez, Gregory Dominick,
and Stacy Smallwood.

A class in the Arnold School’s Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior has been presented the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award by the USC School of the Environment.

The class of nine students was enrolled in the spring 2008 course “Applied Health Communication,” taught by Dr. Daniela Friedman, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.

The students developed a recycling campaign that they proposed to the Association of Schools of Public Health as part of the national organization’s effort to promote Public Health Week.

In their application to the ASPH, the students noted that the quantity of waste and pollution is extremely high in South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 3.2 million tons of solid wastes were placed in landfills in 2006 while 1.5 million tons were recycled.

The ASPH approved a $2000 budget for the USC campaign titled "The Role of Public Health in Promoting a Healthy Environment. The money paid for reusable grocery/book bags, recycling bins, multi-media advertisements, prizes for students and community members, and other materials.

The students in the class were Leanne Bailey, Nancy Chase, Gregory Dominick, Ella Ashley Fleming, Diana Marquez, Stacy Smallwood, Manju Tanwar, Amy Trepal, and Helene Vilme.

They, together with Friedman, are invited to a 12:30 p.m. awards ceremony on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 in the Green Quad Living Learning Center.    

The School of the Environment has presented its Environmental Stewardship awards since 1998. The awards recognize a student and/or student group, staff member, and faculty member who have demonstrated a high standard of stewardship of the USC environment.

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