Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 13, 2008
Colleges and universities that are successfully findings ways to limit their impact on the environment are invited to apply for the 2008 Sustainable Solutions Award from Pearson, the global leader in education publishing and technology.
The Pearson Sustainable Solutions Award recognizes the efforts of faculty and students toward encouraging sustainable practices on campus and in the community. Pearson will award a total of $5,000 to the U.S. campus or campuses that best exemplify the principles of sustainability.
Previous Sustainable Solutions Award winners include Drury University in Springfield, Mo., for a year-round program that promoted a campus-wide "conversation" about sustainability; the University of Arizona in Tucson, for its student-generated, campus-wide rainwater harvesting project; Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Wash., for growing traditional native food plants and service learning projects with the Little Bear Creek Lummi Elders Garden and Lummi Head Start; the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., for its Dairy Research Unit that converts waste to energy and its bioenergy summer school program for undergraduates; and Miami Dade College in Miami, Fla., in recognition of its interdisciplinary activities to promote earth literacy among students and the South Florida community, particularly in challenge grants for student photography and interior design projects.
To apply, current college or university faculty members in the environmental or biological services can nominate their department with a brief letter explaining how their campus best exemplifies the principles of sustainability. Faculty can also nominate another university department at their school, or another US college where campus efforts towards environmental sustainability merit consideration.
Application packets must be postmarked by Monday, November 3, 2008. Winners will be announced in December. Additional information, including a downloadable application and tips about writing to an elected official, is available at http://www.pearsonhighered.com/scholarships/sustainable.
Pearson's own employees are actively taking steps to limit the company's impact on the environment, such as allowing professors to review books online to save trees, limiting greenhouse effects from less shipping and educating employees about ways to limit their own carbon footprint.
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to http://www.pearson.com.
Susan.aspey @ pearson.com