UT Martin faculty member recognized for recycling efforts
Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 10:07 am
The Messenger 05.07.10
Dr. Angie MacKewn has a passion for recycling, and her volunteer recycling work for the University of Tennessee at Martin and surrounding area has earned her a Love Community Service Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
MacKewn, an associate professor of psychology, was selected from a group of Tennessee higher education nominees and received the award at a recent THEC reception in Nashville.
Awards went to five faculty/staff members and five students who excel in volunteer work and community service activities. The Tennessee General Assem-bly created the recognition programs for faculty, staff and students at public and private two- and four-year post-secondary institutions in 1991. In 1993, the General Assembly funded the program by presenting $1,000 cash awards to future recipients. The awards are named for the late Tennessee Rep. Harold Love, who sponsored legislation to create the recognition program.
Dr. MacKewn’s volunteer work has gone beyond participating in recycling events. She and others worked to move the university’s recycling facility to a larger building three years ago. Since the move to the former National Guard Armory building on Moody Street in Martin, the number of items accepted for recycling has expanded to include items such as plastics, glass, scrap metal and cell phones. The recycling percentages for UT Martin have grown to nearly a 35 percent rate per person.
She has also been part of several grants to place recycle bins in K-12 schools, hold sustainability conferences at UT Martin and expand the recycling facility.
In addition, she also helps organize Earth Week activities and Earthfest, a community celebration of the earth and sustainable practices.
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