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EPA recognizes four area residents as ‘environmental champions’

The Environmental Protection Agency recognized four Western New York residents as “environmental champions” in its 2016 awards announced Friday from its regional headquarters in New York City.

The winners, among 28 announced statewide, are:

• Joseph Gardella Jr., a distinguished professor of chemistry at the University at Buffalo.

• Sherri “Sam” Mason, an associate professor of chemistry at SUNY Fredonia.

• Thomas Lowe, director of ReNU Niagara, the community outreach office at Niagara University.

• William Boeck, a professor emeritus of Niagara University.

The winners were recognized “for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment,” according to an EPA statement.

“These individuals and organizations from across New York are an inspiration, encouraging us to do our best to protect the environment every day,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA regional administrator.