AASHE Honors Campus Sustainability Champions

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Contact: AASHE Executive Director
 Paul Rowland

Phone: 720.346.1432
 E-mail: paul.rowland@aashe.org


AASHE Honors Campus Sustainability Champions
Faculty, student and campus innovations to be recognized at AASHE 2011

October 10, 2011; Pittsburgh, PA—The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is excited to reveal the winners of its 2011 Sustainability Awards. AASHE will honor the leadership of faculty, campuses and students for innovations in green building, sustainability research and leadership during the AASHE 2011 Conference on October 11. This year’s awards are sponsored by Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.

For her efforts to create workshops that have inspired more than 400 faculty nationwide to infuse sustainability into the curriculum, Emory University’s Peggy Barlett is receiving the inaugural Faculty Sustainability Leadership award. This is the first year that the AASHE awards are recognizing individual faculty members who work to increase both the breadth and depth of sustainability education.

The University of Texas at Dallas’ LEED Platinum Student Services Building is also being celebrated with the new Innovation in Green Building award, presented in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. Completed $1.1 million under budget, the building boasts unique sustainability elements including exterior floating terra-cotta shades that respond to solar exposure for an energy-efficient shading strategy.

“Sustainability in higher education continues to gain momentum and we are proud to recognize both the veteran as well as the new student leaders in these activities,” said Paul Rowland, executive director of AASHE. “Our award winners have demonstrated a commitment to creating a better society for all of us and for future generations. We applaud and celebrate their accomplishments and we thank Trane for their sponsorship of the awards.”

The winners of the 2011 Sustainability Awards will be featured in the December issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The applications and papers received for each of the award categories are available on the AASHE website.

A complete list of 2011 winners include:

• Faculty Sustainability Leadership Award: Peggy Barlett, Emory University
• Best Campus Sustainability Case Study: University of Alberta, Deliberation on Campus Sustainability
• Best “Lessons Learned” Case Study Award (this category recognizes a project that didn't go as planned and that offers important lessons others can learn from): Washington University in St. Louis, Getting to Net Zero: Lessons Learned from a Living Building Challenge
• Innovation in Green Building Award: University of Texas at Dallas for its LEED Platinum Student Services Building
• Student Sustainability Leadership Award: Jonathan Glencross, McGill University
• Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award: Annie Bezbatchenko, New York University, for her dissertation: Where Meaning Lies: Student Attitudes and Behaviors Related to Sustainability in College

About AASHE

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. AASHE does this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. Please visit us at www.aashe.org.

About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.