- Emma Brodzik was recently recognized as the recipient of the Connie Burns Scholarship. The award was presented at the 2016 Georgia Recycling Coalition Conference held at St. Simon’s Island on Sept. 20.
- About the Scholarship: Awarded in honor of Connie Burns, of Effingham County, Georgia. Burns was an active Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC) member for several years and renowned for her spirit, love of life and adventure, and her true understanding of and dedication to effective waste reduction and recycling practices. The solid waste and recycling community lost Burns to an unexpected death in August of 2012. Burns was active in the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), serving as the director of the group’s communication, education and marketing division. That role just scratched the surface of all the work she did in the Effingham County community, including serving as director of Keep Effingham Beautiful and coordinator for Rivers Alive Effingham. She was also on the Governor’s Task Force on Litter Abatement and Prevention and the advisory board for the Effingham United Way. As a way to remember and honor her life and work, GRC in partnership with SWANA Georgia Chapter, established the Connie Burns Scholarship Program dedicated to assisting and mentoring Georgia college and university students interested in a career path in recycling, composting, environmental practices and sustainability.