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Sonoco Educator Wins 2020 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award

Jul 13, 2021 03:35PM ● By Annette Briggs

Recently, Jane Hiller, education director with Sonoco Recycling in Columbia, was announced as the winner of the 2020 South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award during a ceremony held at the State House in Columbia. Gov. Henry McMaster presented her with the award.

“We have focused considerable efforts on protecting South Carolina’s environment and natural beauty over the years, but we simply can’t do it without the help of extraordinary South Carolinians like Jane Hiller,” said McMaster. “Ms. Hiller’s work to teach the young people of South Carolina about the importance of being good stewards of our environment will pay dividends for generations to come and certainly deems her worthy of receiving this prestigious award.” The General Assembly established the South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions to the protection, conservation and improvement of the state’s natural resources.

During the ceremony, S.C. Department of Natural Resources Director Robert H. Boyles Jr. described Hiller’s contributions as follows: “Ms. Hiller is recognized and respected by her peers as a keystone member of the environmental education community of South Carolina. She is an environmental educator of exemplary service and leadership, and her works have been directed to thousands of citizens through her work with the South Carolina Green Steps Schools initiative, the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina and Sonoco Recycling.”

Kudos to Jane Hiller (an invaluable partner of Natural Awakenings of Columbia)!

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