MC honored for commitment to environment

June 13, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

Maryville College was recognized for its dedication to the environment during the first Environmental Achievement Awards ceremony and luncheon sponsored by Keep Blount Beautiful and the Little River Watershed Association.

The June 12 ceremony, held at Maple Leaf Lodge in Townsend, Tenn., recognized organizations and individuals who have shown commitment to a better environment in Blount County.

The College was honored with the Environmental Achievement Award for a large business, one of two awards that the higher education institution took home that day.

“ The judges felt that Maryville College is often overlooked as a community leader in preserving our environment,” noted Kristi Kell Falco, coordinator of Keep Blount Beautiful.

Falco cited the College’s wood chip-fired heating system and environmentally responsible parking lot construction as illustrating the campus’ commitment to a cleaner environment.

“ MC has been promoting a greener way of living for more than 20 years now,” she added.

Dr. Mark O’Gorman, associate professor of political science and environmental studies at the College and chairman of the College’s Environment and Forestry Advisory Committee (EFAC), said the College was “pleased and honored” to receive an environmental award from Keep Blount Beautiful.

“ Keep Blount Beautiful has always been a leader in helping the larger community do more to protect the environment and pass on good environmental stewardship lessons for future generations of East Tennesseans,” he said. “We are pleased that the College’s mission of education and service in many areas, including helping the environment, has been recognized by the community.”

Additionally, the Maryville College Bonner Scholars received recognition as a Keep Blount Beautiful Board of Directors’ Choice for Environmental Achievement. The award recognizes “an organization that has gone above and beyond in its support for Keep Blount Beautiful,” according to Falco.

The Maryville College Bonner Scholars program, one of 24 such programs at colleges and universities in the eastern United States, awards scholarships to students active in regular community service.

“ Anytime I need a group of volunteers that is reliable, organized and motivated, I call the Bonner Scholars,” stated Falco. “Because of their help, Keep Blount Beautiful recycled over 20,000 pounds of phone books.”

Keep Blount Beautiful is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to litter prevention and solid waste management through education, public awareness and citizen involvement.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.