Patrick Walsh, described by colleagues as “a tireless faculty member for Cooperative Extension serving the citizens of Wisconsin,” has been chosen to receive the UW-Extension/UW Colleges 2010 Chancellor’s Career Award.
Walsh, co-director and founder of the UW-Extension Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center and professor of biological systems engineering, was selected for the award for his work in creating leading-edge educational programs and partnerships that protect Wisconsin’s environment.
“The annual Chancellor’s Awards recognize outstanding contributions by UW Colleges’ and UW-Extension’s partners, supporters and employees to university outreach around the state,” said interim Chancellor Marv Van Kekerix at the annual Chancellor’s Award Banquet recently at the Lowell Center in Madison.
Walsh founded the Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center in 1990. Under his leadership, the program has become known as a national leader in integrated waste management solutions and technical assistance.
Walsh’s career with Extension began in 1983 when he used his combined background in law and engineering to assist the Wisconsin DNR in closing out-of-date waste facilities while providing expertise to create one of the most progressive landfill regulations in the U.S. He spoke to hundreds of local officials while training Extension staff in “Garbology 101.”
Walsh has been extremely successful building partnerships around the state. He helped acquire funding for the Extension basin educator network with the DNR and established Extension’s role in energy education through a partnership with the Wisconsin Focus on Energy program.
Walsh is currently working to help communities determine if renewable energy and biofuels projects offer opportunities for positive economic growth.
“Pat’s work in understanding the environmental and regulatory issues associated with community landfills has been invaluable to many Wisconsin communities,” said Robin Shepard, Executive Director of the North Central Cooperative Extension Association. “He has always personified the Extension network of experts and the importance of mobilizing a university response that is timely and one that makes a difference.”
For more information about the UW-Extension/UW-Colleges awards, go to http://www.uwex.uwc.edu/chancellor/events/