ESS Student Wins Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Taylor Ganis ‘21 has won a Jefferson Award for Public Service, recognizing individuals for their public and volunteer service, and dedication to improving the quality of life in their communities. Taylor is a Dyson College student with a major in Environmental Studies on the Pleasantville Campus. Taylor has been an active volunteer in her community for the last decade, being awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in 2017 for outstanding volunteer service in Putnam County. She was a top fundraiser for The Alzheimer’s Association and for Relay for Life, and is a Peer Educator of Pace “FIRE” (Fighting Ignorance and Rape with Education). As a Pace student she completed two Civic Engagement and Public Value courses; Canines Assisting in Health and Animals in Society.
She currently focuses her volunteer efforts on environmental issues. She is president of the Pace NATURE club, an environmental advocate, a volunteer at the Wolf Center in North Salem, a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma (which is a national service sorority), a volunteer at Animal Nation farm sanctuary, and also supports research efforts at Rockefeller State Park Preserve- all with the aim to preserve and protect wildlife within our environment.
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Anne Toomey, PhD, was the featured guest on an episode titled “From Persuasion to Connection: Better Communication of Environmental Science.”
By Gabrielle Robb ’23
Environmental Studies graduate Gabrielle Robb shares her experience interning with the New York Restoration Project.