Fred Stoss has been a dedicated environmental researcher and
advocate since his student days. Photo: Douglas Levere
Environmentalist Frederick Stoss, UB associate librarian and
subject specialist for biological and environmental sciences and
mathematics, recently received the first Friend of the Biblioteca
Nacional Aruba (BNA, National Library of Aruba) Award for his work
with the BNA in green education programming and for helping to
create the library’s Caribbean Energy, Environmental and
The award was made at the third annual Green Education Symposium
Aruba, held April 7 to 11 at Cas di Cultura in Oranjestad, Aruba,
and attended by more than 2,700 students and experts in many
aspects of ecological science and sustainability.
The theme of this year’s symposium, “Sustainable
Food Supply,” addressed students’ concerns about
nutrition, health, sustainable production and recycling. This year,
Aruba imported virtually all of its food.
The event was sponsored by a number of environmental and
educational organizations, as well as publicly held Aruban
corporations. The opening talk was delivered by Mike G. Eman, prime
minister of Aruba.
Stoss’ Aruba connection was made about six years ago when
he gave a keynote address, “Sustainable and Green @ your
Library,” for the annual meeting of the Association of
Caribbean Universities, Research and Institutional Libraries in the
French Antilles. Concerned about his “carbon
footprint,” he requested and was given an opportunity to give
a Caribbean perspective of climate change.
Stoss’ presentation impressed the Aruban contingent, who
invited him to be part a speakers’ series hosted by the
National Library of Aruba and the University of Aruba. He was
invited back a year later for their annual “Green
Aruba” conference, and in 2012 he was featured at
Aruba’s first environmental education symposium.
Stoss has been a dedicated environmental researcher and advocate
since his student days. He holds degrees in biology, zoology and
information studies, has conducted a decade of research in
toxicology and environmental health, and has dedicated his
professional life to sustainability research and environmental
As a graduate student, he built the first national acid rain
database from the ground up. That project led to his work as a
co-editor for “Trends: A Compendium of Data on Global
Change,” the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s
award-winning comprehensive global climate change reference work.
Stoss worked at Oak Ridge while conducting research at the
University of Tennessee.
He has more than 100 articles and more than 100 professional
presentations in the areas of environmental science and library
science to his credit, and has been cited as a climate leader in
the United States by the Climate Reality Project, which is
dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action
on the climate crisis.
Stoss has planned, written and presented many programs on
sustainability for the American Library Association, and has served
on the editorial and advisory boards of the Book Industry
Environmental Council, Blackwell’s Abstracts on Hygiene and
Communicable Diseases (CABI), and Electronic
In September, he was invited to present a lecture on the
“Role of STEM Data and Information in an Environmental
Decision-making Scenario: The Case of Climate Change” for the
Science-Based Policy Development in the Environment, Food, Health
and Transport Sectors Symposium at the American Chemical
Society’s National Meeting.
His honors include the Outstanding Member Award, Environment and
Resources Management Division, Special Libraries Association.