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Townsend, 4-institution team earns top score at Extension summit

Posted by msanderson | December 3, 2019

Patricia Townsend, a WSU Extension specialist in renewable energy and green infrastructure, was honored this spring as part of a team of extension agents creating opportunities for sustainability and change.

Townsend took part in the eXtension Foundation’s Impact Collaborative Summit this spring, as part of the National Sustainability Summit team, representing Washington State University, the University of Florida, North Dakota State University, and Florida A&M University.

Her team received the top score for the national project category during the LaunchFest portion of the Summit, an opportunity for teams to pitch their projects and programs to a panel of Cooperative Extension leaders and external partners. The group, which includes Townsend, Jennison Kipp-Searcy, Ramona Madhosingh-Hector, Linda Seals, Jennifer Taylor, Kimberly Davis, and David Ripplinger, received a $5,000 grant.

The team’s project, the National Sustainability Summit, is a meeting for Extension professionals, researchers, practitioners, and partners working on the urgent issues of climate, energy, water, food, land, and community engagement. The Summit provides tools and strategies to change behaviors, driving innovation in industry and research to improve community vitality and build resilient communities.

Members of the National Sustainability Summit team, representing the University of Florida, WSU, North Dakota State University, and Florida A&M University, took first among national projects at the Impact Collaborative Summit’s LaunchFest competition. From left are Linda Seals, Jennison Kipp-Searcy, Kimberly Davis, Ramona Madhosingh-Hector, Patricia Townsend, David Ripplinger, and Jennifer Taylor.

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