AASHE Sustainability Awards

Each year at our annual conference, AASHE bestows its prestigious Sustainability Awards on the institutions and individuals that are leading higher education to a sustainable future. The awards program provides a vehicle for the higher education community to celebrate outstanding achievements and progress toward sustainability.

The awards categories for 2016 were:

Winners for the 2016 AASHE Sustainability Awards were announced at the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo.

Congratulations to the 2016 AASHE Sustainability Award Winners!

Campus Sustainability Achievement Award Winners:

  • Cedar Valley College's Quality Teaching in Practical Sustainability (Q-TIPS) program provides sustainability training to help faculty members better prepare students for the 'big questions' of the 21st Century as they relate to real-world issues such as energy consumption, air and water quality, and climate change.
  • Furman University's Community Conservation Corps (CCC) program provides free home weatherization to low-income homeowners in the greater Greenville, South Carolina community. This program has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100 mTCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) in approximately 100 houses.
  • University of Manitoba organized the BEE/HOUSE/LAB project, an international competition to design a bee house for fabrication and deployment that can house 80-100 solitary bees, a species under threat from loss of habitat. The university recently installed 50 of the winning house designs around the campus.

Student Sustainability Leadership Award Winner:

  • Erica Davis from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville spearheaded a food recovery project called Smokey's Pantry. This project provides groceries recovered from various sources and distributes them to families and individuals who are food insecure.

Campus Sustainability Research Winners:

  • Joanne Ma, Justin Cruz, Itay Porat, Lawrence Giannotti and Thanh Tran from the University of Houston won the undergraduate student research award for their investigation into campus water conservation opportunities, which included an evaluation of the structure, costs and laws associated with the current on-campus water management system.
  • Brittany Szczepanik, John Dooley, Whitney Johnson, Divyesh Kumar, Benjamin Kunstman and Kristin Steiner from the University of Michigan received the award for graduate student research based on their proposal, developed in partnership with Johnson Controls, Inc., for doubling energy efficiency at the University of Michigan by 2030.
  • Tina Lynn Evans with Colorado Mountain College won the award for published research with a journal article about the process of activating hope and agency among undergraduate college students.

Learn more.

The submission period for 2017 is now open.

Questions? Email awards@aashe.org.