October 11, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw University sophomore Tyler Hess is one of three individuals announced today as recipients of 2010 EcoDaredevil Awards. The honor is presented by Ocean Revolution, an organization founded by marine biologist and conservationist Wallace J. Nichols, a 1989 DePauw graduate.
The group calls Hess "a leader in the efforts to bring sustainability to his university. This includes a successful ban on the sale of plastic bottled water on campus, one of
the first to do so in the nation. Tyler points out that his efforts have grown beyond the university, 'A few people have contacted me to say that their families have banned bottled water after hearing about this.' Not everyone agrees with his efforts, but Tyler is an EcoDaredevil who holds his ground and as he's a sophomore, there's plenty of time for more progress on campus and beyond."
Read more here.
Nichols, who goes by his middle initial, is a research associate with the California Academy of Sciences. He is responsible for pioneering research on the migration of sea turtles. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, TIME and Newsweek, and he was seen in Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary, The 11th Hour. He returned to DePauw on May 23 to deliver theprincipal address to the University's Class of 2010, "You Are Lovers and Fighters."
Read more about Dr. Nichols in this recent story.
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