“If you don’t know Alison, you probably know her work, especially if you have ever searched for a parking place on the west side of campus,” Dr. Bonnie McCormick, a biology professor, said at the award ceremony.
McCormick was alluding to the SOLAR House of CARDS that Whittemore was a driving force for in its construction.
“Alison worked with students to design and build this Leeds Platinum certified house that serves as a model of sustainability on our campus,” McCormick said. “In 2012 she received the Architectural Award of Merit from Build San Antonio Green for the UIW Solar House.
Whittemore also has worked in rural Peru studying the feasibility of using solar power to replace polluting biofuels, building an oven from recycled materials, and crafting bags and purses from recycled materials.
She is a member of the UIW Sustainability Committee, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Solar San Antonio, U.S. Green Building Council, and San Antonio Clean Technology.
After accepting the award, Whittemore gave a statement to the Logos.
“It is a great honor to receive the Bill Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship,” Whittemore said. “Bill Mulcahy was always a great supporter of sustainable practices, and was instrumental in the building of the UIW Solar House and developing the recycling plans for the campus. I have been with the UIW community for 13 years now, and have spent most of those years working with Mr. Mulcahy and the Sustainability Council. As a member of the new Office of Sustainability, I hope to continue his vision in turning UIW into the greenest campus in South Texas.”