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E-M:/ Environmental Education Founder Passes

Enviro-Mich message from "Pete Pasterz" <ppasterz@pplant.msu.edu>

Sad news for the environment of Michigan, and the World.

Bill Stapp, former Professor at U-M, founder of the field of Environmental Education (EE)--an expansion beyond Outdoor Education to include consideration of the human and social impacts on the environment and to make plans of action for positive change, died Sunday, May 20.   Bill earned all three of his degrees from U-M, taught first in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and then in 1963  joined the U-M faculty in its School of Natural Resources.   In the 1970's he worked for the United Nations'  UNESCO and UNEP,  and worked on many continents to establish global EE programs.

A project which he began on the Huron River in Ann Arbor and later expanded to the Rouge in Dearborn, has grown through his vision into Project GREEN, an international river monitoring network which is  conducted by high school students to gauge overall global environmental change.

He also made significant impacts teaching here in the US, influencing the work of thousands of former students and colleagues who are environmental professionals.  
He is most remembered for his enduring smile, gentile ways, and ability to look for and find the best in every person and situation; it is rare to find such an optimistic environmentalist.  A humble man who was successful through his commitment, perseverance, and persuasiveness,  was honored with many awards and accolades, including being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.   

Bill will be missed not only by all those his life directly touched, and by the Earth itself.  I resolve to do my part to try to continue to help carry forward his vision.

Pete Pasterz

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