Environmental Protection & Preservation
Student Leaders Selected to Study Global Environmental Issues through Prestigious Program
Sixteen college students from
around the country have been selected to study conservation in the United
States and Brazil through an environmental leadership program developed by
Nissan North America (NNA) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Now in its second
year, the Nissan-WWF Environmental Leadership Program provides student
leaders the opportunity to examine environmental issues and become
effective advocates for conservation. The program is part of a $1 million
partnership between NNA and WWF which will also help support WWF field
conservation projects in the United States and Brazil.
Each winner of the Nissan-WWF Environmental Leadership Award receives a
$5,000 cash prize and will participate in an Environmental Leadership
Summit in Washington, D.C. and Nashville, Tenn., and a research expedition
in Brazil. The award recipients represent a diverse range of backgrounds
and were selected based on their demonstrated leadership, academic
achievement, and commitment to the environment.
"This is an opportunity for students to experience many different sides
of conservation, from on-the-ground field work to policy-making to
corporate environmental stewardship," said Dominique Thormann, NNA senior
vice-president finance & administration. "We are proud to support WWF's
conservation work for the second year, and to hopefully inspire a new,
diverse group of future environmental leaders."
Each winner will be invited to attend an Environmental Leadership
Summit in Washington and Nashville, June 18-23. The first part of the
Summit will take place in the nation's capital, where the students will
learn about conservation and environmental policymaking. They will visit
institutions like the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank and
Capitol Hill, and participate in personal development seminars and
cross-cultural training activities to help prepare them for leadership
roles in the global community.
In Nashville, they will participate in volunteer activities, learn
about clean technology and tour a Nissan manufacturing facility. The
students will also learn about Nissan's Green Program 2010, which focuses
on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, minimizing exhaust emissions and
accelerating recycling efforts.
The students will take a two-week field trip to Brazil in August, where
they will work side-by-side with local conservation scientists, explore the
Amazon rainforest by boat and participate in local cultural activities.
Carbon emissions from all program air travel will be offset by investing in
renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
"Last year, students commented on the enormous impact this program had
on their personal and professional lives. For many, it was instrumental in
shaping their understanding and awareness of environmental issues," said
Shaun Martin, WWF director of conservation leadership programs. "We're
pleased the program will continue this year and are eager to be the vehicle
for a new group of talented youth to learn about these important issues.
We're confident they will make real contributions to conservation in the
As part of its $1 million grant, Nissan will support WWF conservation
programs in the United States and Brazil. In the United States, Nissan will
continue to support WWF's Southeastern Rivers and Streams Support Fund,
which awards grants for grassroots projects to clean up polluted watersheds
in Tennessee and Alabama. In Brazil, the donation will help fund regional
conservation work in the Brazilian Amazon, which is plagued by illegal
logging, slash-and-burn agriculture and other human impacts.
Nissan and WWF first launched the Environmental Leadership Program in
2006. Last year's student winners received a $5,000 prize, attended a
four-day Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., and traveled
to South Africa for a two-week research expedition.
For more information about the Nissan-WWF Environmental Leadership
Program, visit http://www.worldwildlife.org/nissanleaders
The selected students who will participate in the 2007 Nissan-WWF Environmental Leadership Program:
- Kali Albright, Stanford University
- Erin Allen, University of Michigan
- Erin Byers, University of Tennessee
- Robyn Chaplin, University of Tennessee
- Chris Detjen, University of Michigan
- Desirae Early, University of California - Berkley
- Monique Fahie, Alcorn State University
- Gregory Johnson, Tougaloo College
- Gregory Lee, Stanford University
- Nicole Leung, University of Texas - Austin
- Andrew Maggetti, Wayne State University
- Ngo Ky, University of California - Berkeley
- Tremaine Larel Philips, Michigan Sate University
- Clinton Sands, Fisk University
- Anne Mariah Tapp, University of Texas - Austin
- Morgan Weldon, University of Mississippi
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