The grounds crew and recycling teams on the Santa Monica College campus have been named winners of the 2012 EcoHero Awards.

SMC grounds supervisor Tom Corpus and his crew were recently recognized for their many sustainable practices and work, including the implementation of “Green Zones” on campus in which only man-powered or battery-powered equipment is used and organic integrated pest management is applied.

Additionally, recycling program specialist Madeline Brodie and her team of student workers were recognized for their effort in implementing SMC’s Zero Waste program and maintaining an extensive recycling system. Lisa Lewis Burns, administrative assistant in the SMC Center for Environmental & Urban Studies, was also honored for her work with Eco Club members and other students, as well as her support for the many environmental events and programs on campus.

“Sometimes it isn’t easy being green, but these guys do it every day,” said SMC Sustainability Director Genevieve Bertone. “These EcoHeroes are truly team players that embody the values of SMC – student success, global citizenship and sustainability.”

JC Keurjian, chief director of facilities, praised the grounds crew for many of its practices, saying, “All of the staff have really, really stepped up to come up with innovative ways to move SMC in the Green Zone.”

Underlining that achievement, Dan Mabe, president of Green Station in Woodland Hills, presented certificates to SMC officials, noting that it is “the very first college to be Green Station-Green Zone certified.”

Bertone said that the student recycling team collects, sorts, cleans and processes the tons of recycled waste deposited into special containers spread throughout the main and satellite campuses. In addition, the team members often answer questions posed by students they encounter as they fulfill their duties, she said.

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