Started in 2006, the AASHE awards program has recognized more than 60 institutions and individuals.
With 230 applications received for the 2017 AASHE Sustainability Awards, judges had a challenging task of naming 10 winners across three categories for this year’s sustainability awards. We are proud of all the hard work by everyone striving to advance sustainability. The 2017 award winners are:
- Campus Sustainability Research Winners:
- Ethan D. Schoolman, Mike Shriberg, Sarah Schwimmer and Marie Tysman for “Green cities and ivory towers: how do higher education sustainability initiatives shape millennials’ consumption practices?” This study found that millennial students do not become more committed to sustainable consumption during their time on campus, suggesting the need for new approaches to encourage sustainable consumption among students.
- Katja Brundiers and Arnim Wiek of Arizona State University for the “Beyond Interpersonal Competence: Teaching and Learning Professional Skills in Sustainability“. This article argues that academic sustainability programs do not sufficiently facilitate students’ acquisition of professional skills in communication, teamwork, and stakeholder engagement and presents a model for how these skills can be taught in an undergraduate course.
- Elizabeth A. Castner, Allison M. Leach, Neil Leary, Jill Baron, Jana E. Compton, James N. Galloway, Meredith G. Hastings, Jacob Kimiecik, Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, Elizabeth de la Reguera, and Rebecca Ryals for “The Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network: A Multi-Institution Program to Research and Reduce Nitrogen Pollution”. This paper shares the results of a collaborative effort to assess the amount of nitrogen pollution caused by seven different institutions.
- Allison K. Wisecup, Dennis Grady, Richard A. Roth, and Julio Stephens of Radford University for “Comparative study of the efficacy of intervention strategies on student electricity use in campus residence halls“. This study found that communications and programming around energy conservation is a cost effective way to reduce student electricity use.
- Nick Morris of Kent State University for “Relocating Education for Sustainability: From the campus to the community“. This dissertation examines the benefits of partnerships between higher education institutions and environmentally-oriented community partners like parks.
- Danielle Chun of Messiah College for “The Drivers Behind Edible Food Recovery Programs at Institutions of Higher Education“. Based on a survey of 100 AASHE members, this study found that an institution’s “sustainability mindset” was the most significant determinant of whether a food recovery program was in place. Interestingly, institutional wealth did not seem to have an significant impact.
- Campus Sustainability Achievement Award Winners:
- Johnson County Community College for their “Student Sustainability Committee” initiative that helps develop student leadership skills and sustainability knowledge. The committee has funded over 100 individual grant proposals since its inception, totaling nearly three million dollars.
- Illinois State University for the “Fix It Friday” project, in which fashion students offer free sewing, mending and clothing repair services to anyone in need.
- Black Hills State University for the “Black Hills Food Hub: rural food hubs serving a wider demographic” project, a partnership between the university and the local community that reduces barriers to local food.
- Student Sustainability Leadership Award Winner:
- The Engineers for a Sustainable World chapter at Georgia Institute of Technology for the “Natural Herbicides Project” that developed an effective natural herbicide and conducted tests to demonstrate its efficacy for use on campus lawns.
To view winning applications from previous years, please visit the Campus Sustainability Hub.