Daemen Professor of Biology Dr. Brenda L. Young, director of the Global and Sustainability Program, was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her role in promoting environmental education in Western New York.
Young was recognized by the EPA as the driving force behind Enviro-News, an electronic newsletter that serves as the focal point for environmental activities in the Western New York region. The newsletter, which Young has been compiling and editing since January 2006, now has more than 1,000 readers on its list. Enviro-News provides updates about events, courses, training opportunities, grants, and local news of interest to the environmental community in eight counties in Western New York.
“Dr. Young is representative of Daemen’s deep commitment to following best environmental practices in all operations,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Her efforts reflect our intention to lead by example and promote environmental awareness locally and globally.”
Young was one of 17 individuals and organizations from across New York recognized with Environmental Quality Awards by the agency for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. Michael Basile, representing the EPA Western New York Regional office, made the presentation at Daemen College.
“EPA is thrilled to honor the work of our environmental trailblazers,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “These New Yorkers have a major impact on protecting the environment in their communities and inspire us all to work for a cleaner, healthier environment.”
Additionally, Young holds accreditation as a LEED Professional. LEED Certification is awarded for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which identifies building professionals who possess the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process.
Young holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and an M.S. from the University of Central Florida. Her B.A. is from Miami University. She conducted her post-doctoral research at Plymouth Marine Lab, England; the University of Minnesota; and the University of Wisconsin.