Yue Rong Earth Caretaker Award Recipient

Yue Rong accepts EMBI’s Earth Caretaker Award

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) awarded the 10th annual Earth Caretaker Award to UW-Green Bay alumnus Yue Rong, ’86 (Master of Environmental Science). The annual event and awards presentation was on Earth Day, April 22, 2019.

Rong (aka, YR), a Ph.D., is the environmental program manager at the California Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has also served as the acting assistant executive officer of the Regional Water Quality Control Board, in the groundwater division. Rong is in charge of site assessment and remediation of leaking underground storage tank (UST) sites, and the program of water quality control in oil and gas production fields.

The UST program contains a large number of leaking UST sites to be remediated in Los Angeles area, which was ranked in top 10 in terms of total numbers of the impacted sites. He has 29 years of experience with the Agency in dealing with groundwater contamination problems in the Los Angeles area. His expertise includes organic pollutants fate and transport in the subsurface soil and groundwater, environmental analytical chemistry and quality assurance and quality control, environmental statistics, risk assessment, and soil and groundwater pollution assessment and remediation. The projects he is involved with include collaboration with USEPA at Superfund sites in Los Angeles area, Santa Monica methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) drinking water pollution cleanup, I-710 corridor regional cleanup and water quality control at oil and gas production fields in Los Angeles area.

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Earth Caretaker Award 2019

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Yue Rong ’86 to receive 2019 Earth Caretaker Award

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will award the 10th annual Earth Caretaker Award to UW-Green Bay alumnus Yue Rong, ’86 (Master of Environmental Science). The annual event and awards presentation is Earth Day, April 22, 2019, in Phoenix AB.

Yue Rong
Yue Rong

Rong (aka, YR), a Ph.D., is the environmental program manager at the California Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has also served as the acting assistant executive officer of the Regional Water Quality Control Board, in the groundwater division. Rong is in charge of site assessment and remediation of leaking underground storage tank (UST) sites, and the program of water quality control in oil and gas production fields.

The UST program contains a large number of leaking UST sites to be remediated in Los Angeles area, which was ranked in top 10 in terms of total numbers of the impacted sites. He has 29 years of experience with the Agency in dealing with groundwater contamination problems in the Los Angeles area. His expertise includes organic pollutants fate and transport in the subsurface soil and groundwater, environmental analytical chemistry and quality assurance and quality control, environmental statistics, risk assessment, and soil and groundwater pollution assessment and remediation. The projects he is involved with include collaboration with USEPA at Superfund sites in Los Angeles area, Santa Monica methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) drinking water pollution cleanup, I-710 corridor regional cleanup, and water quality control at oil and gas production fields in Los Angeles area.

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Photos: Alumnus McLaughlin recognized as Earth Caretaker

UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management Business Institute (EMBI) recognized UW-Green Bay alumnus Douglas McLaughlin ’83 and ‘85, recently, as the ninth recipient of the Earth Caretaker Award. The award recognized his work on projects related to characterizing and improving wastewater quality, which led to several studies designed to better understand and reduce concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in mill wastewater in the Fox River. McLaughlin accepted the award Thursday (April 19, 2018) during a joint EMBI and Alumni Association reception held in the University Union.

McLaughlin is a principal research scientist at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI), a non-profit environmental research organization funded by the forest products industry. He is based near Kalamazoo, Michigan where he provides scientific expertise and research that address questions affecting surface water quality and management.

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Earth Caretaker 2018
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Alumnus Douglas McLaughlin named UW-Green Bay’s ‘Earth Caretaker’ for 2018

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will award the ninth annual Earth Caretaker Award to UW-Green Bay alumnus Douglas McLaughlin, Ph.D.

McLaughlin received two degrees from UW-Green Bay — his bachelor’s degree in 1983 in Science and Environmental Change (emphasis in Biological Resources Management) and a Master’s of Environmental Science in 1985 (Aquatic Biology emphasis). He received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 1994. Today, McLaughlin is a principal research scientist at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI), a non-profit environmental research organization near Kalamazoo, Michigan. There, he provides scientific expertise and research that address questions affecting surface water quality and management.

He began his career in 1985 as an environmental scientist with Fort Howard Corporation in Green Bay after completing his degree and being mentored under the guidance of UW-Green Bay faculty member H.J. “Bud” Harris. At Fort Howard, he worked on projects related to characterizing and improving wastewater quality, and led several studies designed to better understand and reduce concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in mill wastewater. McLaughlin has worked on water quality issues relevant to the pulp and paper industry for most of his career, including five years as a consulting scientist responsible for the design and implementation of technical studies at PCB-contaminated sediment sites.

Over the last several years, he has focused on the science supporting the development of numeric water quality criteria for nutrients and other pollutants. These criteria are a central part of water quality management in the U.S. under the Clean Water Act and represent potentially important sustainability goals for guiding human interactions with aquatic ecosystems.

The Earth Caretaker Award recognizes UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas.

By invitation only, the award ceremony and reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. on April 19, 2018 in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union.

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Johnson to receive UW-Green Bay’s EMBI Earth Caretaker Award

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will honor the eighth Earth Caretaker Award recipient, Meleesa Johnson ’00 on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The event takes place in the Phoenix Room of the University Union.

Meleesa Johnson '00
Meleesa Johnson ’00

The Earth Caretaker Award recognizes UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas.

Johnson received her degree in Environmental Policy & Planning from UW-Green Bay in 2000. Johnson is the director of solid waste management for Marathon County. She oversees solid waste programming and facilities serving central and north-central Wisconsin. Under her leadership, the Solid Waste Department transitioned from primarily a landfill business to a regional resource for residents, businesses and local governments working on waste reduction and recycling programming as means of creating greater sustainability.

The Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) was established in August 2008, and helps strengthen UW-Green Bay’s leadership position in the promotion of environmental awareness and eco-friendly initiatives.

Reminder: Caretaker Award Ceremony and 50th Anniversary Celebration

UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will award the 7th Annual Earth Caretaker Award to 1978 UW-Green Bay graduate Neil Diboll at an on-campus ceremony tomorrow (Thursday, April 21).  Diboll has worked for the U.S. Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the University of Wisconsin. In 1982, he began his involvement with Prairie Nursery, producing native plants and seeds and designing native landscapes. The Earth Caretaker Award honors UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas. Following the ceremony there will be a 50th Anniversary celebration honoring founding faculty members from the sciences, as part of the University’s continuing yearlong anniversary celebration.  More here.

Diboll is Earth Caretaker

Congratulations to UWGB alumnus Niel Diboll (’78) on being named this year’s recipient of the Earth Caretaker Award. UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will present the award to Diboll at a reception on April 21. Diboll has worked for the U.S. Park Service in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin. In 1982, he began his involvement with Prairie Nursery, producing native plants and seeds and designing native landscapes. The Earth Caretaker Award honors UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas. More here.

Diboll receives 2016 Earth Caretaker Award

GREEN BAY –The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will award the 7th Annual Earth Caretaker Award to 1978 UW-Green Bay graduate Neil Diboll.

Neil Diboll
Neil Diboll ’78

Diboll has worked for the U.S. Park Service in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin. In 1982, he began his involvement with Prairie Nursery, producing native plants and seeds and designing native landscapes.

As a researcher, he has devoted his efforts to championing the use of prairie plants, as well as native trees, shrubs and wetland plants, in contemporary American landscapes.

The Earth Caretaker Award honors UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas.

The award ceremony and reception will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016. Following the ceremony there will also be a 50th Anniversary Celebration honoring founding faculty members from the sciences, as part of the continuing year-long anniversary celebration.

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Kriebel receives sixth annual Earth Caretaker Award

caretaker-top-storyThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and the Alumni Association jointly awarded the 2015 Earth Caretaker Award to 1977 UW-Green Bay graduate David Kriebel on Monday, March 23. He was the sixth recipient of the award for his work on sustainability.

Professor Kriebel has been on the faculty of the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 1988, where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in epidemiology, risk assessment, and research synthesis.

As a researcher, Kriebel focuses on the epidemiology of occupational injuries, cancer, and non-malignant respiratory disease. He has served on several National Academy of Sciences committees on environmental health, along with writing and lecturing on the role of epidemiologic evidence in science policy decision making.

He also serves as the Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, which collaborates with industries, government agencies, unions, and community organizations on the redesign of systems of production to make them healthier and more environmentally sound.

Kriebel graduated summa cum laude from UW-Green Bay in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. He completed a master’s degree in physiology and occupational health in 1983 and a doctorate in epidemiology in 1986 at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kriebel worked for famous environmentalist and author, Barry Commoner, for several years at Washington University in St. Louis.

Kriebel said he left his hometown of Philadelphia to study at UW-Green Bay because he was a “high school eco-freak, and determined to devote his life to improving the planet and reducing human suffering.” As a student, Kriebel was highly involved in the environmental movement helping to organize the Union of Young Environmentalists, a national student organization, as well as lobbying the state legislature for a special designation for UW-Green Bay as having an environmental mission.

Kriebel returned to UWGB to deliver the 2008 commencement address, in which he told graduates that “No matter what your career path, act as if you live on a small and very finite planet — think of her as you walk through life, choosing in 10,000 small ways the mark you will make and the legacy you will leave your children and their children.”

In the photo above, he is congratulated by, from left to right, City of Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, UWGB Prof. John Katers, and Chancellor Gary Miller. The Earth Caretaker Award honors UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas.

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– Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communications

Photos by Mike Arendt