The AASHE Sustainability Awards recognize sustainability achievements, research advancements and student leadership. By raising the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects and pioneering research, the awards program helps to disseminate innovations and inspire continued progress toward sustainability.
  • Campus Achievement
    Campus Achievement Sustainability Award

    This award honors higher education institutions for successful implementation of projects that advance sustainability. We encourage submissions that address multiple components of sustainability and include contributions of diverse stakeholders. One award will be given in each of these categories:

    • Best Case Study from an Associate’s College (i.e., a majority of the institution’s degrees are at the associate level)
    • Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with 10,000 or Fewer Full-Time Students
    • Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with More Than 10,000 Full-Time Students

    Application Process
    Institutions can apply for a Campus Sustainability Achievement Award by submitting a case study to the Campus Sustainability Hub. Note that you will need to login in order to submit to the Hub.

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. To be considered for a 2017 award, applications must be received by Friday, May 19 at 5 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced at our annual conference. If you have any questions, please email awards@aashe.org.

    Prizes
    Award winners receive:

    • One complimentary pass to AASHE’s annual conference
    • Recognition during the conference’s Opening Ceremony
    • Opportunity to present your winning case study at the conference
    • Opportunity to present your winning submission via an AASHE webinar

    Criteria
    Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the following criteria:

    • Overall impact – How much of an impact did the project make?
    • Innovation – To what extent is the project innovative?
    • Replicability – To what extent is the project a model for others?
    • Breadth of impact – Did the project advance sustainability in many dimensions or only one?
    • Stakeholder Involvement – Did the project engage multiple campus stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, community members, etc)?
    • Clarity and coherence – How easy is it to follow the case study?

    Eligibility
    To be considered for a Campus Sustainability Achievement Award, the first author of any case study must be affiliated with an AASHE member college or university. In addition, case studies that appear designed primarily to sell a particular product or service will not be considered.

    Apply

  • Research
    Campus Sustainability Research Award

    This award recognizes published and unpublished research that contributes to the advancement of higher education sustainability. One award will be given in the first two categories, and four awards will be given in the published journal article category (Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning and Administration):

    • Unpublished undergraduate research
    • Unpublished graduate research
    • Published journal article

    Application Process
    Authors can apply for a Campus Sustainability Research Award by submitting research to AASHE’s Campus Sustainability Hub. Note that you will need to login in order to submit to the Hub. Published journal article submissions will be placed into their respective award category based on the sustainability topic that is selected on the submission form (e.g., a submission with a sustainability topic of Curriculum will be considered for the Academics Award).

    Applications for these awards are accepted throughout the year. To be considered for a 2017 award, applications must be received by Friday, May 19 at 5 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced at our annual conference. If you have any questions, please email awards@aashe.org.

    Prizes
    Award winners receive:

    • One complimentary pass to AASHE’s annual conference
    • Recognition during the conference’s Opening Ceremony
    • Opportunity to present your winning case study at the conference
    • Opportunity to present your winning submission via an AASHE webinar

    Criteria
    Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the following criteria:

    • Applicability – For what proportion of higher education institutions is the research relevant?
    • Impact – How significantly can the lessons from the research contribute to improved sustainability performance?
    • Methodology – Is the research methodology appropriate to answer the research question?
    • Clarity and coherence – How easy is it to understand the research?

    Eligibility
    To be considered for a Campus Sustainability Research Award, submissions must be in English. Papers must have been completed (in the case of unpublished student research) or published within the 12 months prior to the application deadline. Students who graduated within this period are still eligible for the student awards. Authors do not have to be associated with an AASHE member organization.

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  • Student Leadership
    Student Sustainability Leadership Award

    This award honors students and/or student teams from higher education who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting sustainability on campus.

    Application Process
    Students can apply for a Student Sustainability Leadership Award by submitting a case study of their project to our Campus Sustainability Hub. Note that you will need to login in order to submit to the Hub.

    Applications for these awards are accepted throughout the year. To be considered for a 2017 award, applications must be received by Friday, May 19 at 5 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced at our annual conference. If you have any questions, please email awards@aashe.org.

    Prizes
    Award winners receive:

    • One complimentary pass to AASHE’s annual conference
    • Recognition during the conference’s Opening Ceremony
    • Opportunity to present your winning case study at the conference
    • Opportunity to present your winning submission via an AASHE webinar

    Criteria
    Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the following criteria:

    • Overall impact – How much of an impact did the project make?
    • Innovation – To what extent is the project innovative?
    • Replicability – To what extent is the project a model for others?
    • Breadth of impact – Did the project advance sustainability in many dimensions or only one?
    • Stakeholder Involvement – Did the project engage multiple campus stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, community members, etc.)?
    • Clarity and coherence – How easy is it to follow the case study?

    Eligibility
    Any student(s) enrolled at an AASHE-member college or university is eligible for this award. Students who graduated within the 12 months prior to the application deadline are still eligible. The first author of the case study must be the student (or one from the team of students in the case of group projects) for whom the award is being considered.

    Apply

  • Past Winners
    2016 AASHE Sustainability Award Winners

    Started in 2006, the AASHE awards program has recognized more than 60 institutions and individuals.

    Congratulations to the 2016 winners:

    To view winning applications from previous years, please visit the Campus Sustainability Hub.

Learn more about these award winning projects in the Campus Sustainability Hub!
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