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Innovation Award

Michelle LaPierre Innovation Award

Innovation in Engagement

Oregon Renewable Energy Center interns at Oregon Institute of Technology won a $1,500 Innovation in Engagement award this year from the Oregon Campus Compact. Michelle La Pierre, William "Drake" Fairbanks and Dereck Ruf together developed "Sustainable OIT" tours which in the future will be available to on-campus classes, prospective students, alumni and local school groups. The tours will highlight the innovative and unique sustainable features of Oregon Tech's Klamath Falls campus, such as geothermal heating, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-equivalent buildings and the OREC laboratory.

La Pierre and Oregon Tech Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor Carrie Wittmer traveled to Portland to present the winning project and to accept the award on April 23. La Pierre is a Health Sciences major from Cave Junction, Ore.

Fairbanks and Ruf are majoring in Renewable Energy Engineering. Fairbanks is from Bethel, Alaska, and Ruf is from Medford, Ore.

About Oregon Renewable Energy Center

OREC promotes energy conservation and renewable energy use in Oregon and throughout the Northwest through applied research, educational programs, and practical information. OREC was established at Oregon Tech in 2001.

About Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents dedicated to promoting service-learning, civic engagement and community service in higher education. Visit www.oregoncampuscompact.org to learn more.