University of South Carolina

Environmental Stewardship Awards announced

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

Five students, faculty and staff and a student organization were honored by the University of South Carolina for their passion and commitment to the campus environment and its sustainability efforts.

Each was awarded a 2011 Environmental Stewardship Award by the Environment and Sustainability Program (formerly the School of the Environment).

This year’s award winners are undergraduate Meggie Patton, faculty members Phillip Barnes and Cinnamon Calarne and staff member Malte Weiland. The Sustainable Carolina Recycling Team was recognized as an organization.

Dr. Madilyn Fletcher also was recognized by the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment. Dr. Robert Thunell, director of the school, presented Fletcher with a plaque and honoring her for her contributions to environmental education, research and outreach during her 15 years at USC, as director of the Baruch Institute and as the director of the Environment and Sustainability Program.

Patton, a graduate student assistant for Sustainable Carolina and Green Quad, was recognized for mentoring students who participate in events such as Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference, PowerShift 2011, “No Impact” Week at USC and the Palmetto Energy Action Coalition. As a member of this year’s First-Year Reading Experience committee, Patton is helping create a year-long student program based on this year’s book, “No Impact Man.” She also is a teaching assistant for the Green Quad section of University 101.

Weiland, recycling coordinator for the university, has been instrumental in incorporating recycling into athletic events. He works with student groups on Recyclemania and coordinates the national STARS program for tracking sustainability efforts for Sustainable Carolina. He also has spearheaded a joint effort by USC and the City of Columbia to implement an electric vehicle infrastructure.

Barnes, a research professor in the Environment and Sustainability Program, is the campus faculty expert in environmental management systems. He is establishing a program that broadens the impact of Carolina’s sustainability programs. Recognized internationally for his expertise, he has presented his work to U.S. government agencies and international universities. He is a former Fulbright scholar and is a visiting faculty member at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In August, he will teach a new course for the Fulbright International Program in Bulgaria.

Carlarne, an assistant professor of law, teaches in the Environment and Sustainability Program. She has broadened faculty and student knowledge and understanding of environmental policy and its fundamental role in global sustainability efforts. She was recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in guiding students and enhancing public awareness of topics related to sustainability and climate change.

The Recycling Team, a student organization coordinated by Christine Burke, was honored for efforts to revitalize the recycling program on campus. This spring, the group helped coordinate USC’s most successful “Recyclemania,” a six-week campaign that includes a variety of campus-wide events to raise awareness of the need to recycle and how to put recycling into practice on a large scale.

For more information on the Environment and Sustainability Program and the Environmental Stewardship Awards, visit the website:

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/05/11 @ 4:00 PM | Updated: 10/13/11 @ 1:50 PM | Permalink