Patrick Adams Receives "Green Tree" Award

Posted: October 12, 2012

Science instructor, Patrick Adams, was announced as the recipient of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Green Tree award this morning during an impromptu classroom ceremony. The Green Tree, sponsored by the Aquarium's Conservation Committee, recognizes individuals and groups whose eco-efforts are making a difference in the community.

Adams, who conducts Teacher Institute weekend and summer workshops at the aquarium, was presented with the award by Sue Lisin, Conservation Committee Chair, and Mary Whaley, Teacher Programs Manager. Ms. Lisin enumerated the many reasons why Mr. Adams is so deserving of the Green Tree. "Patrick Adams is changing lives in ways that few of us get to see. As a part-time staff member on the Teacher Programs team, Patrick is a go-to resource for conservation connections, issues and solutions." she stated. "When interacting with the teachers who come to our programs, he leads by personal example. He bikes to the Aquarium during teacher institute weeks, always carries a reusable water bottle, even helps compost waste generated during the program. In every way, he is a conservation role model."

Mr. Adams was also lauded for bringing his classroom expertise and conservation ethos to the Teacher Institute, and helping the program develop new curriculum, whose content and activities are aligned with state Science Content Standards. "His vast knowledge of all types of conservation issues and solutions ... from genetically engineered crops and shark finning, to plastic pollution and so much more ... allows him to make a science standards connection where many others see none." Lisin remarked.

As a key organizer for the Aquarium's Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit for teachers, a Coastal Cleanup Captain for more than 25 years, and moderator for Bellarmine's Garden Club, Mr. Adams lives his passion for the natural world and inspires others to do the same. "I am honored and humbled by the recognition." he said. " I have received so much from nature and I really feel like I am giving something back whenever I do something to help protect the environment."

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