FREDONIA – A local professor who spearheaded the effort to ban the sale of products containing microbeads is one of six New Yorkers being recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Monday announced SUNY Fredonia professor Dr. Sherri Mason has been awarded the EPA’s annual Environmental Champion Awards.
Dr. Mason is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at SUNY Fredonia and has done extensive research on the high levels of microplastics in Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. In 2015 her research led to Chautauqua County banning the sale of products that contain microbeads.
The EPA’s Environmental Champions Award recognizes achievements of individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies and print & broadcast media. Winners will be presented with their awards on May 13th at a ceremony in New York City.