Norwich Resident, Michael Simpson, Honored
Antioch University New England has named the recipients of the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards. Each year winners are selected in three categories: the Citizens Award, the Staff/Faculty Award and the Alumni Award with this year’s awards going to Jim and Judy Putnam, Michael Simpson, and Carmela DeCandia, respectively. The awards will be presented at the sixth annual Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards event on Friday, September 16, at the Keene Country Club.
The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards are named in honor of Horace Mann, Antioch College’s first president and a noted abolitionist and educator. The award program recognizes individuals “who have won victories for humanity,” through their work and volunteerism. By celebrating these individuals and honoring Mann’s ideals, AUNE continues its commitment to public service, community engagement, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability, and social justice.
Michael H. Simpson, chair of the AUNE Environmental Studies Department, earned his Master of Science in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University New England in the 1980s. Since 1985, he’s been a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Studies and currently serves as chair and as director of the Resource Management and Conservation program, and director of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change concentration. As founder and co-director of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, Michael helped establish AUNE’s reputation as a national expert in climate change and preparedness. He also earned a Master of Arts in Science from Dartmouth College and certification as a wetland scientist from New Hampshire.
Presently, he serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists and the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Initiative, and as chair of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists. He has also served on many advisory committees and conservation commissions.
In addition to his research, teaching, and publishing, Michael consults internationally on climate change, wetlands ecology, watershed management, and energy and materials sustainability. He co-authored an award-winning report to the United Nations.