UN dubs university professor Champion of the Earth
Sander Van Der Leeuw, a sustainability professor at an Arizona university, was recently given the United Nations Champions of the Earth award. Five other environmentalists around the world were also honored with the accolade, which recognizes eco-conscious leaders who have set a precedent for saving our environment.
"As an environmental change and sustainability scholar, I think the foremost challenge is not so much in the science...but in communicating the inevitability of having to change our mindsets and attitudes to make sustainability the core of our everyday behavior - individual and political decision making," said Van Der Leeuw.
Hailing from the Netherlands, Van Der Leeuw has pioneered archaeological research projects that analyze mankind's relationship to its environment based on sociological, technological and economical changes.
Do you think you have what it takes to become a champion of the Earth? Whether you'll be growing organic produce this summer or plan on making your own eco-friendly laundry detergent, you can become an advocate for renewable energy projects with baby steps. Numerous colleges across the nation also offer environmental majors and minors so you can start your career of saving the world.
If you're looking for schools that embody your passion for the Earth, Carrington College's Mesquite, Texas, campus received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification in April. The campus just opened in February and offers programs in Medical Assisting and Dental Assisting, and its highly advanced facilities have minimal impact on the environment. From the floor cleaner to the ceiling lights, few stones were left unturned when architects designed the structure to run efficiently.