ITEP proudly presented Dick Jenkins, of Jenkins Environmental Associates, with the ITEP Spirit Award at the HAIC Banquet on July 19, 2012. Amy Grat, CEO of ITEP, Gary Gregory, GESA Chair, and GESA Advisory Board Co-Chair, Bob Stearns were on hand to honor Dick with this award for his tireless commitment and support for the Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA).
Mr. Jenkins has been a very active member of Banning High School‘s GESA Advisory Board for more than five years. In addition to participating in monthly planning meetings, he has been a coach in the monthly Industry Coaches Mentoring Program for GESA juniors for the last three years.
Working with the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce (HAIC), Dick has been instrumental in continuing to help GESA secure funding for their annual Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) Signature Trip, and for the last two years, he worked with Clay Sandidge to start the Sea Search Program at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for GESA Marine Biology students.
GESA students are also able to benefit from the Hazardous Waste Materials First Responder Training that Dick helped to set up, and are able to receive Environmental Training and Compliance Certification (ETAC). It is more than evident that Dick has a heart for the academy students and staff, and he will be missed as he retires from the board.
All the best to you, Dick, and thanks for the memories and for all you have done!
By Harlene Stanley, Program Manager: GBAC, GESA, Mojave XP, SPEA