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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

POSTED OCTOBER 3 AT 10:59 AM

ECHO's Mission is to Educate and Delight our…

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July 7, 2011

Contact: Gerianne Smart
gsmart@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 121

Downloadable photos available at
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ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center’s Teen Leadership Program wins Governor’s Award

MONTPELIER, VT—On June 30, 2011, more than twenty-three organizations and individuals were recognized for their exceptional contributions to environmental causes at the Governor’s Environmental Awards. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s Environmental Teen Leadership Program, otherwise known as the E-Team, won the Governor’s award for Youth Environmental Citizenship.

Several hundred people were in attendance at the ceremony hosted by Vermont Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, Deb Markowitz and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, Justin Johnson. The award-winning E-Team was accompanied by Kirsten Brewer, ECHO's 2011 Open Door Coordinator and Americorps State member, as well as, ECHO’s Director of Education, Molly Loomis.

Brewer said, “These are local 9th and 10th graders who commit to ECHO for a whole year. While working at ECHO 6 hours every week, they learn about the animals here, the Basin, the mission of the organization, and how to educate and delight ECHO visitors on the floor. Many of our E-team alums are inspired to pursue science and conservation as a career, but all of them will be the future stewards of the environment and our Basin.”

E-Team Coordinator, Kirsten Brewer and ECHO’s Director of Education, Molly Loomis, were accompanied by E-Team members Meiling Chau, Cesar Hammond, Thomas Elston, Sheperd Lantz, and Joyce Pan. Taylor Sanders, Mohamed Mohamed, Em Geiselman, Thejas Wesley and 2010 E-Team Coordinator Amanda Gurgul, though not in attendance for the Governor’s Environmental Awards, are also honored by this recognition.

The E-team is a competitive program with only a select few students chosen to participate each year. ECHO will begin interviewing new applicants for the program in September. For more information on joining our E-team visit ECHO’s website under “Join & Support Us”.

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401. 

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