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Wednesday September 24, 2014

An Environmental Honor

A regional alliance of environmental organizations, government and civic organizations, and public and private educational institutions has honored the University of Dayton for its leadership as an environmental steward.

Partners for the Environment, which represents more than 70 organizations in an 18-county region in southwest Ohio, has named the University 2014 Partner Organization of the Year.

The Partner Organization of the Year Award celebrates those organizations that work to protect, preserve, and restore the environmental and agricultural resources of the Great Miami River and Little Miami River watersheds.

In announcing the award, Partners for the Environment said that during the past year, the University has taken significant steps to protect the environment. Last week, officials announced that a $12.5 million gift, the largest in university history, will create the Hanley Sustainability Institute to focus on innovative sustainability education.

"The University of Dayton is honored to be selected as Partner of the Year for our efforts on sustainability and the environment," said Paul Benson, interim provost. "We look forward to working even more closely in the future with our community partners through our new Hanley Sustainability Institute."

The University was honored at a Sept. 24 awards ceremony.  Other 2014 award winners are Charity Krueger, executive director of Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, and David Henn, retired science teacher, both for Lifetime Achievement, and David Fischer, of Learning Tree Farm for Individual of the Year.

Brother Don Geiger, S.M., a retired University of Dayton professor and conservationist, received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement award for his leadership and conservation work.

For more information, contact Cilla Shindell, executive director of news and communications, at 937-229-3257 or

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