William Nieter, Assistant Dean of
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and
Director of the Environmental Studies Program, won the
2011 Chevrolet Green
Educator Award in December, becoming the first St.
John’s faculty member to receive this honor.
The award — created by General Motors in partnership with Earth Force
— annually recognizes 20 educators nationwide who show unusual
initiative in integrating environmental learning into their
Professor Nieter was selected from a field of
1,000 applicants. His achievement underscores the
University’s continuing leadership role in environmental
sustainability. In 2008, St. John’s received a Gold Star from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg for
its progress in reducing campus-wide carbon emissions.
“I am honored that the Office of Academic
Service-Learning (AS-L) nominated me,” said Professor
Nieter. “In fact, I received the award because of the
service-learning assignments I have been able to develop using the
Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) as my
central field teaching site.”
The award acknowledges the resourceful way Professor Neiter has
transformed his 35-year relationship with the local, urban wetland
preserve into a community partnership that benefits both the
University and APEC. The site generates service-learning projects
for students in Professor Nieter’s Discover
New York (DNY), geography and natural resource
classes, which, in turn, enables them to improve the environmental
health of the Pond area.
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