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MSU Energy Award


May 13, 2016

The Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) recognized Michigan State University Thursday at the 2016 awards program, celebrating environmental stewardship in the tri-county region.

MSU’s Director of Utilities Robert Ellerhorst accepted the Dave Dempsey Distinguished Service Award, which was awarded in recognition of its Energy Transition Plan – and the successful transition from coal to natural gas.  

Dave Dempsey is co-founder of the council, a former member of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, environmental policy advisor to former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard and member of the state’s Natural Resources Trust Fund Board.

Theresa Lark, executive director of Mid-MEAC, said Ellerhorst insisted the award go to the entire university.

“Mr. Ellerhorst asked that we give the award to Michigan State University because of the involvement of a team of people who made the transition a success,” she said.

This is the third year that Mid-MEAC has given the Dave Dempsey Distinguished Service Award.

“I am honored to accept the award on behalf of Michigan State University,” Ellerhorst said. “This award is a compliment to the University’s environmental leadership.”