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SC NRCS Partner Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

Columbia, SC--April 25, 2014—Dr. Robin “Buz” Kloot was presented with a 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award this week at the University of South Carolina. Presented by the Environment and Sustainability Program of the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Kloot was recognized during an Earth Day ceremony on April 22nd at the Green Quad Living Learning Center. Dr. Gwendelyn Geidel, Environment and Sustainability Program Director at the school, presented the award at an evening reception for faculty, staff, and students. 

Buz Award 2014Kloot is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health, and has partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in South Carolina for the last seven years to communicate the importance of conservation and stewardship through the use of documentary filmmaking. He also works with NRCS at a national level to produce videos for the “Unlock the Secrets of the Soil,” campaign, which encourages farmers to protect and improve the soil with cover crops. 

During the award presentation, Dr. Geidel recognized Kloot for his devotion to graduate and undergraduate students and his efforts to help them understand the connections between how we care for the soil and how this can impact our health. He was also applauded for his innovative research and dedication to helping students better understand the importance of soil health, particularly in his “Soil Science and Environmental Health” course. “You set an outstanding example to faculty and students everyday with your devotion to minimizing your carbon footprint, limiting your use of resources, and teaching students the ongoing value of natural resources protection,” remarked Geidel. Congratulations Dr. Kloot!