Earth Caretaker Award
This award recognizes University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas. If you know of a UW-Green Bay alumnus who meets the award’s criteria, please return to complete the online nomination form to be considered for a future award.
2013 Earth Caretaker Award Recipient
Agriculture Program Manager, National Wildlife Federation
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from UWGB in 2001 with a double major in Social Change and Development and History, Ryan pursued graduate education and completed a Masters in history at Miami University and a Ph.D. in history at the University of Missouri. For over five years Ryan has worked on environmental issues through multiple capacities; as a Legislative Assistant in the Missouri House of Representatives working on renewable energy legislation, as a community organizer in Montana and other western states for the Western Organization of Resource Councils working to organize landowners and residents around climate change, and as program director for the Minnesota Project, a non-profit organization, educating farmers, community leaders, and policy makers about renewable energy opportunities through anaerobic digesters. Currently, Ryan is the Agriculture Program Manager for the National Wildlife Federation where he conducts outreach on agriculture policy, performs policy analysis on agricultural legislation impacting wildlife and natural resources, and provides strategic leadership in eliminating barriers to farmer adoption of cover crops. Ryan and his wife, Stephanie (UWGB undergraduate degree in biology and education, 2002) live in Medford, Wisconsin, where they raise three boys and farm using no till and cover crop practices.
- Has earned either an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from UW-Green Bay.
- Has not attended UW-Green Bay in the last 10 years.
- Must have a distinctive and distinguished record of achievement with recognition and reputation extending well beyond the immediate environment in which they live and work.
- The record of distinctive achievement should extend over a substantial period of time to assure continuity of performance, stability and maturity.
- Alumni, friends of the University, faculty/staff, and the public at large are invited to make nominations.
- Nominations are accepted year round (via the website or mail), with the deadline of October 31 for consideration for the award for the following year.
- Nominees are notified and asked to submit the following for their file:
- Letter of application
- Any additional documentation they wish to provide including letters of recommendation from others
- Recipients are required to attend the awards ceremony, which will be part of the annual EMBI Green Innovations Conference held during Earth Week.
- After all the necessary documents have been received, candidates remain active for consideration for a period of three years
- One award will be presented each year
Contact the EMBI Associate Director:
John Arendt at 920-465-2278 or firstname.lastname@example.org