UC Berkeley professor of architecture Mary Comerio was one of a select few to receive the Green Star Award, a distinction aimed at honoring those who have made significant impacts in the efforts surrounding environmental emergencies across the globe.
At the second-ever awards ceremony last Wednesday, Comerio was one of three recipients presented with the award in the individual category. Three organizations were also awarded for their efforts.
The award is run as a joint initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Green Cross International and is presented every two years by the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies.
According to the award’s website, Comerio was selected because of her work in disaster management, which includes 25 years of focus in seismic safety for housing and post-disaster recovery, published research on the costs and benefits of seismic rehabilitation for existing buildings and advice to UNEP following both the 2008 earthquake in the Sichuan Province in China and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
J.D. Morris is an assistant news editor.