The Minnesota Public Health Association recently honored MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine with the Harvey G. Rogers Environmental Health Leadership Award.
Stine’s nominators cited, specifically, his “understanding of the impact people have on the environment, and how the environment impacts people” and went on to say he is a leader who “promotes a concept of health in all policies…advocates an environmental justice approach…[and] recognizes the need for data, partnerships, collaboration and community engagement.” Stine has been identified as “a leader who clearly gets it” championing the MPCA mission of “working to protect and improve our environment and enhance human health.”
Commissioner Stine has spent 35 years in public service, working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and, most recently, the MPCA. He has held positions ranging from student worker to Commissioner and nearly everything in between. In his acceptance remarks, Stine stressed the importance of working “across the traditional silos of government and its programs…with collaborators who work to provide a safe and healthy environment for all Minnesotans.”
“John really has a depth of understanding of environmental impacts,” says MPCA Assistant Division Director Chris Everson, who accepted the award in Stine’s absence. “Particularly when he’s talking about water and human health, you know this is a man with a keen eye for science that has been honed by years with the DNR, MDH and now the MPCA.”
The Harvey G. Rogers Award was established in 1963 “to honor those persons who best exemplify his spirit of dedication, years of distinguished service and technical contributions toward promotion of the public’s health through preservation of a quality environment for the State of Minnesota.” The award is named for Harvey G. Rogers who served for 34 years with the MDH until his retirement in 1961. During his service, he earned the growing respect and admiration of his professional associates and friends who established this award in his honor.