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Joanie Stultz '12 Awarded Honorable Mention in Udall Scholarship Competition

Joanie Stultz

Joanie Stultz has big plans for the way we understand waste management.

The environmental engineering major from Kent, Washington, sees waste two ways: either it's useful (recyclable, compostable), or it's not. What needs to happen, she says, is we need to create a system that allows us to get more use out of the things we throw away. By implementing more efficient technologies to deal with wastewater and composting, more of our waste will be useful. That means our society can take an important step toward becoming more sustainable.

It's a big goal, but these big goals and her determination to build up the skills achieve them is why Stultz was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Morris K. Udall Scholarship competition. This national award is the most prestigious undergraduate award available for current sophomores and juniors who are pursuing careers focused on environmental or Native American issues.

Stultz has spent the past two years at the University of Vermont developing her ability to pursue a career in sustainable technology. Her interests lay in engineering new waste management technologies, specifically related to wastewater and composting, that she believes will enable communities to shift their industrial waste infrastructure into a zero-waste system.

While she's been working toward becoming a sustainable waste management expert in the classroom, Stulz has been busy working with and organizing UVM students to live more sustainably. She's a Resident Advisor in the Greenhouse and a member of both Engineers without Borders and the Vermont Campus Energy Group. She was also one of UVM's organizers for Powershift '09, and she volunteered with Growing Power, a non-profit that helps develop community food systems in Milwaukee, Wis., as part of an alternative spring break trip in 2009.

The Udall acknowledges students who want to pursue an environmentally related career, have succeeded academically, and have stood out as strong student leaders on campus or in the community. The award was created in 1992 and are named for Morris Udall, a former U.S. congressman from Arizona, and his brother Stuart Udall, former Interior Secretary from Arizona.

Stultz is UVM's first Udall award winner since 2006. She is also the first student from the College of Engineering and Mathematics to receive the award. She is among 80 scholars and 50 honorable mentions to be acknowledged.

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