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Author Carl Hiassen to Receive UM’s Reitmeister-Abess Center Environmental Stewardship Award

Carl Hiassen

WHAT: The Reitmeister-Abess Center Environmental Stewardship Award will be awarded to Carl Hiaasen, a New York Times bestselling author and Miami Herald columnist. Hiaasen will be the second recipient of the award, which is given to individuals who have made contributions in the area of conservation, especially in regards to water and/or endangered species. The award will be presented at a ceremony that will celebrate the groundbreaking of the University of Miami’s (UM’s) innovative autonomous net-zero dorm project, led by Dr. Jim Englehardt from UM’s College of Engineering.

WHY: The award, sponsored by the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and UM Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, promotes efforts to preserve endangered species and rid pollution from rivers, streams and oceans. The UM dorm project illustrates the spirit of the award. This pilot project uses breakthrough technologies to conserve both water and energy by purifying and recirculating wastewater for re-use and employing energy efficient materials.

WHO: Hiaasen has published eight national best sellers – including Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Sick Puppy, Nature Girl and, most recently, Star Island. His books, like his columns for the Miami Herald, often deal with environmental issues in South Florida. In 2002, he published his first children’s fiction book, Hoot, which follows the efforts of three Coconut Grove teens trying keep a bulldozer from destroying a lot filled with baby burrowing owls. The book is now used in schools across the U.S. as a tale of endangered species protection and environmentalism.

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2011. 9 – 10 a.m.

WHERE: On Lake Osceola, adjacent to the School of Architecture (Coral Gables, Fla.)

WHO: Attendees will include author Carl Hiaasen; President Donna Shalala; Leonard and Jayne Abess; and others from the UM community.

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