The University of Georgia Press and Dorinda G. Dallmeyer, associate director of UGA’s Dean Rusk Center-International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies, received special recognition from the Southern Environmental Law Center for Dallmeyer’s book Elemental South: An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing.
The book was singled out for special recognition because it did not fit any of the categories of SELC’s annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. But the organization felt so strongly about the book it decided on the special recognition.
Dallmeyer also won the advocacy category for her essay “Waiting for a Train,” in which she recalls her dread the day a train loaded with nerve gas and bound for burial at sea came through her hometown of Macon when she was 17.
The SELC’s mission is to restore and safeguard the quality of the region’s air, water, forests, wildlife habitat, rural landscapes and other critical resources. As the leading advocacy organization for protection of the Southern environment, the organization maintains close contact with the environmental community in other parts of the country, sharing its expertise and helping to shape national policies.