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NV GREEN Alliance Names DRI Science Alive Administrator 2018 Environmental Hero at Awards Gala

May 22, 2018 (Las Vegas, NV) - Craig Rosen, Community Relations and Professional Development Administrator for DRI's Science Alive Program, was honored by the NV GREEN Alliance this weekend as the winner of the 2018 Rob Dorinson Environmental Hero Award. 

Winners of the 2018 GREEN Awards illuminate those paving the way, setting examples, creating change, innovating the future, and educating the next generations on how protect and foster sustainable living. The Rob Dorinson Environmental Hero Award specifically recognizes an individual who demonstrates dedication and an unflinching love of the environment and who paves the way to bring about awareness and change.

"Rob was committed to educating citizens and businesses on the importance of being green and making a difference in the quality of life in southern Nevada," Rosen said of the award's namesake. "I am honored to have been selected as this year’s winner and will continue to encourage educators to bring sustainability topics and lessons into their classrooms and inspire their students to be change-makers."

As a key member of the Science Alive team, Rosen facilitates STEAM teacher trainings for K-12 educators across Nevada and organizes educational outreach activities for DRI, including the annual May Science Be With You event, a Star Wars-themed celebration of science and technology held at DRI's Las Vegas campus.

The GREEN Alliance GREEN Awards Gala was held on Saturday May 19, 2018, at Opportunity Village in Las Vegas. Deborah Donaldson, founder and CEO of Superpowers 365 and motivational speaker, opened the ceremony with an inspirational message to the audience of sustainability leaders.

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The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing technologies aimed at assessing a changing planet. For more than 50 years DRI research faculty, students, and staff have applied scientific understanding to support the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada's needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities. With campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI serves as the non-profit environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. For more information, please visit



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