Grant supports work toward environmentally sustainable future
(Feb. 5, 2004)Geneva, N.Y. — Lisa Rasbach, environmental studies and political science major at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been named a 2004 Campus Ecology Fellow by the National Wildlife Federation.
With the honor comes a $1,000 grant that will help fund Rasbach’s research. Currently, she is investigating the feasibility of converting campus diesel vehicles to biodiesel, a clean-burning alternative fuel produced from domestic renewable resources such as used vegetable or soy cooking oil.
Working with Rasbach on the project are Professors Leah Joseph, Tara Curtin and Christine de Denus, as well as fellow students Victoria Henderson and Gil Carr.
“The receipt of this fellowship speaks to Lisa’s dedication and hard work, as well as her commitment to the environment and sense of responsibility for individual and campus-wide environmental action,” says Joseph.
“This grant is a great honor, and I am thrilled to have received it,” says Rasbach. “I hope that students who are considering HWS for its environmental studies program will see greening projects such as our biodiesel study as a compelling aspect of our school.”
Rasbach is from Hudson, Ohio. She has been a counselor for the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute at the Colleges, and also is involved with such HWS organizations as Campus Greens, the William Smith Judicial Board and the Committee on Standards.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y., the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted for an ambitious emphasis on international study and their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities and curriculum but maintain separate deans’ offices, athletic programs, student governments and traditions.
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