The Alpha Gamma Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Miami Dade College, Medical Campus earned this year’s Distinguished Honors in Action Award at both the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Conference and the International Convention for a public service project highlighting water contamination in Florida. “Water is a multifaceted problem in Florida and educating the community about pressing water issues is key to resolving them,” said Dr. Ileana Pino, a professor of dental hygiene at MDC’s School of Health Science and PTK student advisor. Pino, who also serves on the council of MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) and is part of EEI’s Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies Learning Network, said people are not always aware of the water issues affecting their communities. “One of the primary things we can do is make people aware of pollution and the fragility of ecosystems that impact the purity of our water,” she said. The PTK students joined forces with EEI to organize a series of presentations on the well-being of Florida’s water supply. The presentations highlighted the health problems that arise from toxic algae blooms, the harmful effects of pollution in local waterways and the effects of water contamination in Biscayne Bay as a result of the old cooling canals at the Turkey Point nuclear power plant.
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