Story posted April 15, 2009
Brooks Winner '10, of Valatie, N.Y., has been chosen to receive the Maine Campus Compact's 2009 Student Heart and Soul Award.
The award, now in its eighth year, recognizes the accomplishments of up to four Maine students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership both on campus and within their community.
Maine Campus Compact (MCC) is a consortium of 18 higher education institutions dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning in higher education.
MCC cites Winner's work raising environmental awareness on campus and in his community.
"Brooks Winner is an environmental juggernaut at Bowdoin College," says MCC Executive Director Liz McCabe Park.
Winner works for Sustainable Bowdoin, the President's Climate Commitment Advisory Committee, the campus outreach program Office Eco-Reps, which he founded using a fellowship grant, and he serves as vice president for the student organization Green Global Initiatives.
When he's not supporting sustainability on campus, Winner is busy fighting climate change off campus. Last summer, he collected energy-use data for the community and the municipal government of Bath, Maine, using that information to calculate the city's total carbon output. Winner then presented the results to the Bath City Council along with a resolution that commits the city to reducing its emissions and energy use significantly over the next 10 years.
After the Bath City Council signed his proposal, Winne took his work to Brunswick and Topsham, where he advised both town governments on ways to develop inventories and action plans of their own.
In being selected for the state award, Winner becomes a finalist for the Howard Swearer Student Humanitarian Award, presented by the National Campus Compact.
The Student Heart and Soul award was presented April 16, 2009, at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.
Other student honorees are Sameera Anwar of Colby College, Ryan Martin of the University of Maine at Machias and Jennifer Murray of the University of Southern Maine.