An Angola native is a leader in national environmental initiatives.
Andrea Webster, a 2003 Angola High School graduate, received one of a handful of Campus Catalyst Awards at Indiana University this year. Webster, an IU Bloomington employee, received the Staff Innovation Award.
Webster is the implementation manager for the IU Environmental Resilience Institute.
“My job is to work with local governments across the state of Indiana,” said Webster, “to help them prepare for climate change.”
The Staff Innovation Award recognizes “outstanding contributions and achievements in advancing campus sustainability initiatives addressing sustainability challenges with overlapping and complex ecological, social and economic dimensions at Indiana University Bloomington,” says information published by the university.
“Andrea created the idea of the Resilience Cohort and successfully launched the program in 2019,” says nomination information. “She has accomplished a feat that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago — getting 14 Indiana communities to complete greenhouse gas inventories. The cohort is having a massive impact on climate action and preparedness across the state. Without her leadership and creativity, this program would have never happened and Indiana would not be prepared for climate change.”
The Resilience Cohort program matches Hoosier communities with the tools, training and expertise needed to measure and reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. The program was launched in summer 2019 through a partnership between Sustain IU and the Environmental Resilience Institute.