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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.

2023 Earth Caretaker Award Recipient

David Freedman

David L. Freedman is a professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University. David’s academic journey started at UWGB in 1973, when he made the move from his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts to Green Bay to join many other undergraduates from across the U.S. who shared a deep concern for the fate of the planet. David earned a B.S. degree in Science and Environmental Change in 1978. Among his many experiences at UWGB, one that stands out is his participation in a project to build a pilot-scale anaerobic digester on a dairy farm, one of the first to be built in Wisconsin. The project was unusual because it was a student led effort, from design to construction to operation. David was part of the project from start to finish, culminating in successful demonstration of a technology that has now been widely adopted.

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Nomination Criteria:

  • 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.

Nomination Process:

  • 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
    • Résumé
    • Any additional documentation they wish to provide including letters of recommendation from others
  • Recipients are required to attend the awards ceremony, which will be 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

Additional Award Information


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