Cooperative Extension's Amanda Stone was one of five University of New Hampshire staff members honored on May 5 with a Presidential Award of Excellence at a ceremony in the Memorial Union Building in Durham. Stone was recognized for her more than 20 years of citizen-centric work on natural resource issues.
Natural Resources Program Leader Jeff Schloss nominated Stone for the award and said “Amanda has provided outstanding dedication and service consistently throughout her career with UNH Cooperative Extension working with youth, college students and communities to preserve and steward NH’s precious natural resources.”"
Chris Clement, UNH vice president of finance and administration, introduced Stone at the award ceremony and made the following comments:
"If you look at the biggest challenges facing New Hampshire’s forests and wetlands, it can seem overwhelming. In fact, you may wonder if it’s even possible for a community, let alone a single individual, to do anything about things like climate change and pollution.
Thankfully, Amanda Stone is on our side. For more than 20 years, she has dedicated herself to helping New Hampshire citizens protect and manage their most cherished natural resources.
After working for Cooperative Extension as a consultant in the 1990s, Amanda joined the staff in 2000 as the coordinator of the Natural Resources Outreach Coalition. Today, this innovative partnership is helping more than two dozen Seacoast communities to identify and conserve natural resources in ways that also accommodate economic development. That’s a huge win for this region.
In 2010, Amanda was named New Hampshire’s extension specialist in Land and Water Conservation. Since then, she has led our Community Natural Resources Area of Expertise Team. And she has coordinated numerous efforts to offer UNH research expertise to important discussions about climate and wildlife issues.
In recent years, she undertook an ambitious project to update an online map of the state’s land and water resources. Today, this detailed, interactive map makes it easy for anyone to identify the unique habitats and land types anywhere in our state.
Amanda also excels as a financial manager. With public and private grants, she supports the majority of her own salary and programs, as well the work of other Extension staff members.
In addition to strengthening UNH’s reputation and brand across our state, she is also an engaging STEM educator. Our UNH students in natural resources seek her out as a mentor. And she has even found the time to help teachers at the Oyster River Middle School to design innovative programs about climate change.
Thank you, Amanda Stone, for your dedication to upholding New Hampshire’s quality of life. Today, we are pleased to honor you with the Presidential Award of Excellence."
Read more about the 2017 Presidential Award of Excellence
Amanda Stone in 2017 addresses the audience at Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls as part of the “Climate in the Classroom”, a community-based program led by N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.