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Dr. Valerie Vickers (School of Education) was presented the Greensboro Public Library’s Thomas Berry Award at a tribute to Thomas Berry event at Guilford College on Nov. 11. Dr. Charlie Headington (Religious Studies) has received this award previously. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated a sustained effort to implement environmental programs based on the life and writings of Greensboro native Thomas Berry. The nomination noted: Valerie’s connection to Thomas Berry goes back to the 1990s when she met him as he was giving a talk about his book “Dream of the Earth,” at UNCG. In the late ’90s Valerie began her PhD work in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations and eventually wrote a dissertation titled: An Exploration of Ecological Identity: Education to Restore the Human/Earth Relationship. Much of that work was inspired by Thomas Berry, and she was able to interview him as a centerpiece of the narrative research on ecological identity development. Valerie has been an active leader with Environmental Stewardship Greensboro since it came into being. Her work with that organization, which serves as an interfaith network working to create more sustainable congregations and community, has been informed by Thomas Berry….Valerie has demonstrated a unique ability to transform the spiritual understanding she has gained, in large part, through Thomas’ work, into practical solutions to address our environmental crises. As a science teacher at Greensboro Day School for 25 years, she was able to create connections between her students and the natural world. Valerie has also been active in many other community efforts to create a more environmentally sustainable Greensboro. She has worked on the Board of Greensboro Beautiful, led Big Sweep groups, worked with the Cooperative Extension Service as an Envirothon Coach and now volunteers at the region and state competitions for middle schools and high schools. Currently, she serves on the Community Sustainability Council, which has created a sweeping, yet practical proposal for substantially lowering our city’s carbon footprint.”

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