June 25, 2012

Assistant Area Coordinator Amy Stock Receives $10,000 TogetherGreen Fellowship Award

Amy Stock, assistant area coordinator and adjunct instructor of environmental studies for the Center for Distance Learning, has received a $10,000 TogetherGreen Fellowship Award from Toyota and the National Audubon Society for her work in conservation and environmental causes. The Saratoga Springs resident received the award after a competitive nationwide selection process.

Amy Stock, assistant area coordinator and adjunct instructor of environmental studies

Amy Stock, assistant area coordinator and adjunct instructor of environmental studies for the Center for Distance Learning, has received a $10,000 TogetherGreen Fellowship Award from Toyota and the National Audubon Society for her work in conservation and environmental causes. The Saratoga Springs resident received the award after a competitive nationwide selection process.

TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, selects 40 high-potential local leaders annually to receive a $10,000 grant each. With the funds, fellows conduct community projects to engage diverse audiences in habitat, water or energy conservation. In addition to receiving support launching their conservation initiatives, the fellows also benefit from specialized training and the opportunity to become part of an exciting alumni network of conservation professionals.

“These are heroes. They help people engage with nature. They look like America: diverse, passionate, and patriotic,” said Audubon President David Yarnold. “Amy is a leader, and we’re pleased to give her a chance to invent the future.”

Stock is co-founder of Sustainable Saratoga. Her fellowship will enable her to initiate "Foodshed to Watershed,” an educational program targeting economically disadvantaged youth enrolled in The

"The project for which I received funding is to develop Foodshed to Watershed, an environmental education program for Capital District Community Garden's Produce Project, an entrepreneurial jobs training program for youth from Troy High School who help run a one-acre urban farm in downtown Troy.  The goal is to develop a hands-on environmental education curriculum for the students, which CDCG can replicate each year. I also hope to apply some of what I do here to my Ph.D. studies at SUNY Albany in curriculum and instruction with a focus in science education," said Stock.

The program will include monthly field trips to local natural areas and participation in citizen-science projects, culminating in a one-day, community-wide stream restoration and cleanup effort in Troy. Throughout, the acquisition of technical skills will be emphasized, including stream-monitoring techniques, habitat assessment, mapping and plant and animal species identification, as well as the students’ own historical and cultural connections to local places.

The TogetherGreen Fellowship Program invests in high-potential individuals from all backgrounds, providing them with resources, visibility and a growing peer network to help them lead communities nationwide to a healthier environmental future. To date, 200 environmental leaders from across the country have been awarded TogetherGreen fellowships. These leaders have worked with nearly 500 organizations and engaged more than 100,000 people in community-based conservation action, achieving results in habitat, water, and energy.

Details about Stock's conservation project are at http://www.togethergreen.org/fellows/fellow/amy-stock

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