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May 06, 2008

Sherman wins campus EarthWise Award

Rhonda Sherman, Cooperative Extension specialist for solid waste management in the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department, was one of three individuals receiving EarthWise Awards at N.C. State University during Earth Week. Each year, the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team recognizes a student, faculty member and staff member for sustainability efforts during Earth Week.

Sherman has worked with people and organizations around the state and helped them rethink and reorganize their means of handling solid wastes. This alone has had a major impact on our community. Sherman is known for is the Cooperative extension publication, "Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage." She is known affectionately on campus and around the world as the "Worm Queen."

Sherman has served on numerous campus committees that have focused on the sustainability of our campus management. She has always been willing and eager to lend a hand to faculty who teach about sustainability. She does so by being a guest lecturer, running workshops and working one-on-one with students to give them a hands-on experience with vermicomposting (using worms to recycled garbage).

Sherman's enthusiasm and her willingness to speak out on issues concerning sustainability have increased public awareness on an international-level and helped N.C. State move in a positive direction toward more environmentally friendly practices.

Posted by Natalie at May 6, 2008 09:17 AM