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Texas Tech Earns Environmental Excellence Award

TIEHH to receive the 2009 Texas Environmental Excellence Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Written by John Davis

TIEHH was one of 10 recipients of the Environmental Excellence Award for creating successful programs that help protect the environment.

TIEHH was one of 10 recipients of the Environmental Excellence Award for creating successful programs that help protect the environment. Click to Enlarge.

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) was selected to receive the 2009 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the area of education by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

TIEHH was one of 10 winners – organizations and an individual person – selected for this award through the TCEQ organization and a State of Texas Blue Ribbon Panel established by the Governor’s office. The institute was recognized by Gov. Rick Perry and the Commissioners of TCEQ at the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards Banquet May 13 in Austin.

“The recognition by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in giving the award to TIEHH further acknowledges the outstanding academic program being implemented through our Department of Environmental Toxicology at TIEHH and the excellence of our master’s and doctoral graduates, who are the institute’s blue ribbon product,” said Ron Kendall, director of TIEHH.

The awards banquet was part of the Environmental Trade Fair and Conference sponsored by TCEQ, which occurs annually in Austin. Kendall, along with President Guy Bailey, accepted the award.

Recommended by a Blue Ribbon Committee of environmental experts from public and private industry, the awards honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have created successful programs that conserve natural resources, reduce waste and prevent pollution. Created by the Texas Legislature in 1993, the awards program reflects the goals of the TCEQ itself: to protect Texas human and natural resources and ensure clean air, clean water and the safe management of waste.

“These award winners are shining examples of how everyone – from one individual to a corporation – can improve and protect our state’s natural resources,” said Buddy Garcia, TCEQ chairman.

TCEQ developed a video on TIEHH’s academic and research excellence that was shown at the awards ceremony and distributed in Texas.

The Texas House of Representatives and Senate will develop a joint resolution recognizing TIEHH, and this resolution will be read from the House and Senate floors on May 13.

Photo above includes: (L-R) Senator Kip Averitt, Chairman of Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee; Representative Byron Cook, Chairman of Texas House of Environmental Regulation Committee; Texas Tech President Guy Bailey; Governor Rick Perry; Ron Kendall, Director of Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health; TCEQ Chairman Buddy Garcia; TCEQ Commissioner Larry R. Soward; and TCEQ Commissioner Bryan W. Shaw.

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The Institute of Environmental and Human Health develops environmental and health sciences research and education at Texas Tech and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

The institute's goal is to position Texas Tech as an internationally recognized force in the integration of environmental impact assessment of toxic chemicals with human health consequences, framed in the context of science-based risk assessment to support sound environmental policy and law.

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