Jenny Greer: Volunteerism Started while Student Results in Award

Cris Sarbia, PVPLC stewardship manager, surprises Jenny Greer with the organization's Volunteer of the Year Award at a volunteer luncheon in July.

Cris Sarbia, PVPLC stewardship manager, surprises Jenny Greer with the organization’s Volunteer of the Year Award at a volunteer luncheon in July.

Recent CSU Dominguez Hills alumna Jenny Greer (’13, B.S. geology; environmental science) was honored as Outstanding Volunteer by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), which since 1988 has successfully preserved 1,600 acres of open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The award was presented at the PVPLC’s annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon in July.

“I had no idea I was going to be given an award,” Greer said. “Cris Sarbia, the stewardship manager, surprised me when he went in front of the crowd and proceeded to explain some of the various projects I had been working on throughout the year. I was embarrassed but thrilled that I was being acknowledged for doing what I love. I really felt honored since there was quite a few volunteers working for PVPLC.”

Greer at the blue butterfly habitat

Greer at the blue butterfly habitat

Greer began volunteering for the conservancy in May 2012 at the encouragement of her professor, earth sciences lecturer Judy King. Greer was part of a group of CSU Dominguez Hills students, who through a service learning component of King’s Biogeography class, began working that summer on a project to restore a native habitat area for the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly. The effort continued through February 2013 with the release of blue butterflies on the PVPLC land.

Now graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills, Greer continues to volunteer her time with the organization on various projects.

 

To read the story about the habit restoration project by
CSU Dominguez Hills students and faculty, CLICK HERE.

To read the full story about the Palos Verdes blue butterfly release, CLICK HERE.

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