Abernathy, Gogan to receive special achievement awards at Green Carpet Awards

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The Office for Sustainability is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award to be presented at this year’s Green Carpet Awards on April 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre. Frederick H. Abernathy, the Gordon McKay Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Abbot and James Lawrence Research Professor of Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Rob Gogan, associate manager of recycling and waste at Campus Services, will receive the award for their tremendous leadership and commitment to sustainability at Harvard.

The annual Green Carpet Awards event celebrates the many staff, faculty and students who have made significant contributions to on-campus sustainability initiatives, including greenhouse gas emission reductions. This year’s event will be MC’d by Pete Davis, the student behind the Harvard Thinks Big series, and will feature student videos as well as performances by the Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) and Cowgill, a band including students from the GSD and GSAS. Harvard Kennedy School alumnus Lester Brown, M.P.A. ’62, will be honored with the first-ever Distinguished Service Award.

The Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award acknowledges that a partnership between faculty, students and administrative staff is the key to our success. In addition to the award, 60 staff and students will be recognized with individual awards and team awards will be presented in five categories. To see the list of nominated individuals and finalists for the team awards, visit: