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November 2, 2011

Albert A. Stirpe Jr. Presented with SUNY Empire State College’s Inaugural Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability

Central New York Center Dean Nikki Shrimpton and President Alan Davis present Al Stirpe with the inaugural Award for Environmental Sustainability

Central New York Center Dean Nikki Shrimpton, at left and college President Alan Davis, at right, presents Al Stirpe, center, with the college’s inaugural award for Excellence In Environmental Sustainability.

(EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Oct. 27, 2011) – Albert A. Stirpe Jr. was presented with SUNY Empire State College’s inaugural Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability for his work with CNY Bounty as well as his support of bringing green jobs to our community and other environmentally based work as a member of the New York State Assembly.

“Al Stirpe’s successful efforts to advance sustainability initiatives in central New York have earned him the college’s inaugural Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability,” said SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis. “By supporting a network between growers and consumers, he has advanced the viability and economic sustainability of small and medium size farms so that all the communities, which are served by CNY Bounty will have access to healthier food, cleaner water and fresher air.”

Al Stirpe makes acceptance remarks and Dean Shrimpton looks on

Al Stirpe makes acceptance remarks and Dean Shrimpton looks on.

“Receiving SUNY Empire State College’s inaugural award is a great honor,” said Stirpe. “I happened upon the work of sustainability almost by accident by way of other work that I was doing, but it became clear over time that this was a passion of mine.”

Stirpe was presented with the award during the Central New York Center’s 40@40 event celebrating the college’s 40th anniversary.

“I have known Al for several years now,” says Nikki Shrimpton, dean of the Central New York Center, “and what has become plain to me over the years is his commitment to the welfare of our local community in general and environmental sustainability in particular.”

Al Stirpe and his family at his acceptance of the inaugural Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability

Wife Chele, at left and daughter Alexandria, at right, share a moment with Al Stirpe after receiving the college’s Excellence in Environmental Sustainability award.

The college chose to recognize Stirpe because he has been highly influential in developing or otherwise instilling a policy, program or educational campaign that directly led to significant positive change towards environmental sustainability in the community. 

Stirpe served in the state Assembly from 2006-10 representing the people of the 121st District.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. More information about the college’s 40th anniversary is available on the college’s 40th anniversary web page.