Kentucky college receives award for its work on sustainability


BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Berea College says it has been recognized for its work on sustainability initiatives.

The college says it received the 2019 Outstanding Service to Environmental Education from the North American Association for Environmental Education.

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According to the college, it was recognized for its projects like the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center. The college has managed 9,000 acres of forestland for more than 100 years and started center to bring the community together to learn about the natural world.

The college also operates the Berea College Farm Store, which uses produce from Berea’s farm and local farmers to feed the community and stock its cafeteria.

Outside of the campus, Berea College is also partnered with Patron Tequila and John Paul Dejoria to address the problem of food insecurity in Appalachia by launching the ongoing Grow Appalachia initiative in 2009.

The Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award began in 1974 to recognize environmental educators and advocates who have made notable contributions to the field.