Brower Youth Award
Rachel Barge, a senior majoring in conservation and resource studies and minoring in forestry, was among six young North American environmental leaders to win a 2007 Brower Youth Award for her work in boosting environmental sustainability at Cal.
Barge spearheaded campus projects, including the Green Initiative Fund that finances clean energy and transportation, water conservation, and improved recycling and composting programs. This fall, she plans to launch a nationwide version of the program, training dozens of universities to establish sustainability funds based on the Berkeley model.
“Rachel is smart, impassioned and, above all, energetic,” said David Phillips, executive director of Earth Island Institute, the organization that bestows the annual award. “She isn’t waiting for environmental solutions to come down from those in power. She is taking action now to conserve, protect, and restore the earth.”