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Nissan North America and World Wildlife Fund Announce Winners of University Campus Environmental Grant

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Nissan North America (NNA) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently announced the winners of the 2007 Nissan-WWF University Campus Environmental Grants. Three college students were awarded grants to continue their environmental advocacy work and implement meaningful sustainability and conservation projects on their respective campuses

Grants were awarded to Nicole Leung of Katy, Texas; Andrew Maggetti of Eastpointe, Mich.; and Tremaine Phillips of Lake Orion, Mich. Grants were awarded based on numerous criteria including educating students about conservation, sustainability and the environment; stimulating positive action amongst the student body; and leveraging knowledge gained through the Leadership Summit and the Brazilian expedition to reach a broader segment of students, faculty, administrators, and the surrounding community.

Now in its second year, the grants program is part of a prestigious environmental leadership program developed by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Nissan North America (NNA). The program is part of a $1 million partnership between NNA and WWF which identifies and empowers diverse young leaders on U.S. college and university campuses to become strong and effective advocates for an environmentally sustainable future.

“Nissan North America Nissan North America is committed to the environment and is committed to environmental work in its communities,” said Dominique Thormann, Senior Vice-President, Administration and Finance of Nissan North America. “Through these grants, Nissan enables these students to continue learning through the Environmental Leadership Program and move forward as environmental ambassadors on their campuses, in their communities and in their future careers.”

“These grants are helping young conservation leaders engage their communities to address the most urgent environmental challenges of our time like sustainable use and climate change,” said Shaun Martin, WWF’s Director of Conservation Leadership Programs. "Together, Nissan North America and WWF are investing in the future of the planet through innovative programs that encourage people to take action for nature."

Leung, a University of Texas at Austinstudent, was awarded a Nissan-WWF University Campus Environmental Grant for her efforts to educate low-income and minority students, specifically within the African-American and Latino student population, about climate change. She will use the grant to focus on encouraging her target audience to attend the Re-Energize Texas Summit, which focuses on climate issues, and establish a network of student groups to become more engaged in constructive activities related to climate change.

"The Campus Environmental Center will host the first-ever Re-Energize Texas Summit to kick off a coalition effort seeking to address global warming in the great state of Texas. Appealing to the diverse interests in our state through targeted messaging will be a crucial focus, as will specific paradigms including environmental justice, organizational development, and sustainability,” said Leung. 

Maggetti, Wayne State University, was awarded the Nissan-WWF University Campus Environmental Grant for his part in developing a self-sustaining recycling program in the university residence halls in conjunction with the Student Environmental Action League.

 “A comprehensive campus recycling program will serve as an anchor and launching pad for the teaching of sustainable living practices.  Students at Wayne Statewill incorporate these good habits into their life while here and then carry them when they head out into the real world,” said Maggetti.

Philipps, a student at Michigan State University, was also awarded a Nissan-WWF University Campus Environmental Grant for his part in organizing a non-partisan panel discussion on climate change policy partnership with the Office of Campus Sustainability and the University Activities Board. He is a targeting a wide and diverse range of departments and student communities.

“The Nissan-WWF grant will assist the student group ECO and the Office of Campus Sustainability at Michigan State University contribute to a nationwide event, This event will bring students, administrators, local residents and politicians together to discuss the steps towards implementing just and relevant federal, state and local climate policy,” said Philipps.