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Points of Pride


Pollution prevention roundtable group recognizes K-State Pollution Prevention Institute's intern program as the best
The K-State institute's intern program has received the roundtable group's Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Program award, also called the MVP2 award, as the best pollution prevention project/program. The honor will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Washington, D.C.


K-State professor first engineering faculty member in nation to be named high-performance building professional

Julia Keen, assistant professor of architectural engineering at Kansas State University, is the first engineering faculty member in the nation to achieve the designation of High-Performance Building Design Professional.


K-State's Konza Prairie a candidate site for scientists from across the country to study the effects of global change

A Kansas State University grassland holds the potential to to help scientists better understand the effects of global climate change on the earth's ecosystems. K-State's Koza Prairie Biological Station has been selected as a candidate core site for the proposed National Ecological Observatory Network, also known as NEON.

Read more about the Konza Prairie Biological Station


K-State receives national USDA award for bioenergy initiatives

Kansas State University is one of 16 universities nationwide recognized for bioenergy initiatives by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. K-State won a Grand Challenge award for a vision paper, "Food, Feed, Energy and Ecosystem Services: A Role for American Agriculture."


K-State professor helped write Nobel Peace Prize-winning United Nations report on climate change
Chuck RiceChuck Rice, Kansas State University professor of agronomy, served with more than 100 other climate change experts from across the world to prepare the full report on mitigation.The Nobel Prize Committee recognized the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it.
Read more about soil carbon research



K-State rain garden earns landscape architecture professor design awards
Rain gardenA perennial garden at Kansas State University designed to absorb runoff from storms has earned recognition from two landscape architecture organizations. The Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presented Lee R. Skabelund, assistant professor of landscape architecture at K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design, with a 2008 award of excellence for his work on the project.

Watch a video about the rain garden



K-State architecture student's sustainable design wins Heintzelman Prize
A proposal for an ecologically sustainable retreat center at Chase County's Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve won its student designer the Heintzelman Prize, awarded annually by Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning and Design.


Ben Champion to direct K-State's multiple initiatives in sustainablity
Ben ChampionThe K-State administration has recognized the need for university-wide leadership of these initiatives, so Ben Champion, a 2002 K-State graduate and Rhodes scholar, is returning to campus to coordinate these efforts.