Honoring Black History Month: Robert G Stanton

Since February is Black History Month, we want to dedicate a weekly blog to an influential African American individual in a field related to the environment and/or building science. This week’s spotlight is on Robert G Stanton, a native Texan, who is the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the US Department of Interior.

Mr. Stanton has focused on environmental conservation and leadership over the course of his career, blazing a trail for African American’s in this field. This began with his role in the National Park Service. Mr. Stanton was recruited to be a ranger for the Service during his studies at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin. This recruitment was part of the Secretary of Interiors goal to promote diversity in the Service during a time in American history when discrimination and segregation were still present. Stanton’s respect and concern for the environment grew as he continued his career in the Nation Parks Service—He was the first African American to become the Director in 1997. As Director, he dedicated himself to managing our country’s landscapes and heritage resources, receiving awards for “outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation, youth programs, and diversity in employment & public programs.”

Mr. Stanton is currently an Executive Professor at Texas A&M (whoop!) and a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale. He has four honorary doctorate degrees!

Thank you, Mr. Stanton, for your example!

The included quote, as well as more about Mr. Stanton’s life, can be found at: http://www.greenjobsconference.org/node/263