Thomas Berry Award
|This award honors the legacy of one of Greensboro’s most influential authors. His philosophies have advanced a mutually enhancing human/earth relationship.|
Andrew Levitt and Randal Scott Romie are the recipients of the 2016 Thomas Berry Award. The Thomas Berry Award recognizes an individual(s) or organization that has implemented sustainable and outstanding environmental programs or has engaged in re-imagining the human-earth relationship through scholarship, writing, poetry or the arts.
This award honors the legacy of one of Greensboro’s most influential authors, Thomas Berry. Berry was a Catholic priest, cultural historian and “Earth scholar.”
He was the author of many books including The Great Work: Our Way into the Future. Among advocates of ecospirituality, he is famous for proposing that a deep understanding of the history and functioning of the evolving universe is a necessary inspiration for our own effective response as individuals and as a species.
Andrew Levitt co-created a performance piece, “The Meadow Across the Creek: Words from Thomas Berry” for the Thomas Berry Centennial and is the author of
All the Scattered Leaves of the Universe: Journey and Vision in Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Work of Thomas Berry. He serves on the Center for Education,
Imagination and the Natural World’s education council and as faculty for “The Inner Life of the Child in Nature” series. A nature poet, Levitt's collection of poetry, Heron Mornings, will be published in 2017. He also currently works as a clown doctor --
Dr. Merryandrew -- in the pediatric unit at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital.
Randal Scott Romie, ASLA, a landscape architect, has devoted nearly 2,000 volunteer hours to Greensboro Beautiful, a nonprofit volunteer organization that conserves and enhances the beauty and ecology of the area. He has been widely recognized for his designs and installations. Among dozens of projects, he has helped to beautify sites along I-85 and created a master plan and renovated gardens for the Bicentennial Garden/Caldwell Park. In addition, Romie helped gain passage of the city’s tree preservation ordinance and served as co-chair for the city’s Advisory Commission for Trees.
For more information about Thomas Berry, check out many of the books written by or about Thomas Berry at the Greensboro Public Library.