Atlanta Student Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 24, 1999 An Atlanta resident who is a sophomore at
Harvard was among those receiving awards from the national Sierra Club this year.
Elizabeth Hagan was the recipient of the Clubs Joseph Barbosa Earth Fund Award,
which recognizes people under the age of 30 who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the
environment. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize funded by Dr. Joseph Barbosa of
Minnesota. Hagan received the award at the Sierra Clubs annual awards banquet in San
Hagan was nominated for the award for her work with the Sierra Student Coalition, the
student arm of the Sierra Club. Hagan took a year off from school to organize several
campaigns for the Sierra Student Coalition, including a campaign to save the Great Bear
Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada, and a campaign to preserve the coastal plain of
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
She also organized the Coalitions first Public
Lands Action Summit in Washington, D.C., and worked with the Sierra Club of British
Columbia to plan the Sierra Club Rainforest Bus Tour that went to colleges in the eastern
"Elizabeth is a rising star in the environmental movement," said David Karpf,
national director of the Sierra Student Coalition.
Hagan transferred to Harvard this fall from the University of Georgia. She plans to
major in public policy with an environmental concentration. She credits her involvement
with the Sierra Club with helping set her on her future career.
The Sierra Student Coalition will use the money from Elizabeths award to sponsor
its second Public Lands Action Summit.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has nearly 600,000
members. For more information on the Sierra Student Coalition, write them at P.O. Box
2402, Providence RI 02906.