Award Created to Honor Retiring Employee

In honor of Howard Worcester’s retirement after 11 years of service to the University, the first “Worcester Environmental Activist Award” will be awarded this year through the Truman State University Foundation's Environment Fund.

Worcester worked as the recycling/surplus coordinator and was instrumental in the creation of the Recycling Center on campus.  
The new award will be presented annually during Earth Week to a Truman student or students chosen by the Sustainability Action Committee (SAC). Students will be considered for the award if they actively promote environmental practices on campus and in the community.

The SAC was created in Spring 2009 to identify and evaluate ways to modify University practices to create a more ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable campus and community.

Worcester was hired in February 2000 as a custodian and was transferred to the recycling/surplus coordinator position in June 2001. He received the Hat’s Off Award in 2000 and the Points of Excellence Award in 2007.

The Environmental Fund is one of more than 170 new funds established through the Truman State University Foundation during the Bright Minds Bright Futures Campaign. Its purpose is to support environmental responsibility and sustainability on campus.

Gifts can be made to the Environmental Fund through payroll deduction or an outright gift.

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