Poppy recognized for innovative outreach


Poppy recognized for innovative outreach

Dec. 4, 2018

David Wilson presents the award to Poppy at the awards ceremony on Nov. 27.

Sean Poppy, outreach program coordinator at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, has been awarded the South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award.

David Wilson, the acting director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, presented the award to Poppy at a recent ceremony in Columbia, South Carolina.

Established in 1992 by the South Carolina General Assembly, the award recognizes outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of the state’s natural resources. An awards committee comprised of representatives from South Carolina’s natural resource agencies reviews nominations that are submitted from the public.

The committee considers innovation, leadership and accomplishments that influence positive changes that affect the natural environment.

Poppy conducts more than 300 presentations a year that educate the public on the natural ecosystems of South Carolina and Georgia, including wildlife. His animal-featured presentations reach close to 40,000 individuals, including students and K-12 educators.

A 20-year employee of the SREL, Poppy has held several positions at the laboratory, including research technician and education program specialist.

He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from the University of South Carolina.

Media Contact: Vicky L. Sutton-Jackson, 803-725-2752, vsuttonj@srel.uga.edu