Environmental Excellence Award
The Environmental Excellence Award recognizes an individual who has made a long-term commitment to public education or environmental and natural resources sciences.
This year’s awardee is Dr. Todd Radenbaugh of the Environmental Studies program at the College of Rural and Community Development. Todd provides quality environmental studies courses to rural Alaskans. As the program head of the Environmental Studies program, many Dr. Radenbaugh’s students are rural and native Alaskans from across the state. He regularly faces the challenge of delivering high quality science classes and labs to students in rural villages. One thing that sets Dr. Radenbaugh apart from other instructors is that he is always working on creating new classes and innovative ways to deliver material that will most benefit the students. He has demonstrated that he is a leader in rural environmental science education.
To quote one of his students, “I believe that he deserves this award because of his untiring work ethic, his ability to engage and excite others about science and issues concerning our state, and his lifelong devotion to science.”
Outstanding Achievement Award
The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a project, program, group, publication, or similar concrete accomplishment that occurred during the three years prior to nomination for the award.
This year’s awardee is the Sitka Tribe of Alaska SEATT Program.
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) has created a host of programs that are positively influencing Southeast Alaska. Specifically, the development of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins network (SEATOR.org) brings together citizen science with cutting edge technology. This shellfish advisory system has been operating since 2014 and helps tribal and community members by informing them of the status of their shellfish, an important subsistence resource. STA has now trained 17 tribes and other organizations to responsibly monitor for shellfish toxins throughout the region. They have done multiple training events bringing professionals from various parts of the Lower 48 to help ensure the best resources are present so local tribes can learn. This program is a solid example of how NOT to reinvent the wheel, rather replicate what works and apply relevant technology and concepts to the Southeast setting. Because of the vision and drive of the STA staff, tribes all over Southeast are now able to provide an early warning system to their people and community regarding PSP and other potential toxins in shellfish.