Campus Sustainability Innovation Honored at AASHE 2012

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Campus Sustainability Innovation Honored at AASHE 2012
The 7th annual AASHE Sustainability Awards features double the honors

Oct. 16, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA)—The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is excited to reveal the winners of its 2012 Sustainability Leadership Awards. Now in its seventh year, the AASHE Sustainability Awards program has doubled the number of awards, recognizing the research and leadership of faculty, campuses and students across nine different campuses. Awards were presented during the AASHE 2012 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“As a growing number of sustainability activities take place on our campuses, we have expanded our awards program to recognize the diverse institutions and the diverse initiatives that advance sustainability,” said Paul Rowland, Executive Director of AASHE.

Maria Rosales from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville was chosen out of 20 nominations to receive the Student Sustainability Leadership award for spearheading a campaign to raise $1 million to be used for energy efficiency projects on campus. Maria, who moved to Tennessee from Nicaragua when she was 12 years old, is the first person in her family to receive a college degree.

New this year are four campus sustainability case study awards recognizing the efforts of large and small community colleges and four-year institutions.

For their efforts to create the Sustainable City Year Program at the University of Oregon, Nico Larco and Marc Schlossberg were honored with the Faculty Sustainability Leadership Award. Also featured in AASHE’s 2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review, this forward-thinking program allows students to work over an extended period of time in a local community to address real-world problems through a multi-disciplinary lens.

In the three years since this program was launched, it has already helped to direct 75 courses across 13 academic departments and two universities, encompassing 1,300 students and 200,000 hours of effort on more than 40 sustainability related projects for three different cities in Oregon.

“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 show us that higher education does make a difference in advancing sustainability and that it can lead the sustainability transformation.”

The winners of the 2012 Sustainability Leadership 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 2012 winners include:

Student Sustainability Leadership Award
Maria Rosales, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
Undergraduate Student
Kelley Doyle, University of California, Berkeley for her paper, "Converting University Spending to Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Analysis of UC Berkeley"
Graduate Student
Rachelle Irby, Humboldt State University for her paper, "Student-Driven Energy Independence: A Case Study of Humboldt Energy Independence Fund"

Faculty Sustainability Leadership Award
Marc Schlossberg and Nico Larco, University of Oregon

Campus Sustainability Case Study Awards
Best Case Study from a Community, Technical or Tribal College with 5,000 or Fewer Full-Time Students
Alfred State College – “Net-Zero Energy Demonstration Home”
Best Case Study from a Community, Technical or Tribal College with More Than 5,000 Full-Time Students
Owens Community College – “Harvest Project”
Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with 10,000 or Fewer Full-Time Students
Skidmore College – “Innovative District Geothermal System”
Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with More Than 10,000 Full-Time Students
University of British Columbia – “Implementing UBC’s Climate Action Plan”

Innovation in Green Building (to be presented at USGBC Greenbuild 2012 Conference)
University of Wisconsin, Madison – “Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery”

About AASHE 2012
Held October 14-17 in Los Angeles, AASHE 2012: Investing in the Future features presentations by L. Hunter Lovins, Billy Parish, Tony Cortese and the Crossroads Project. Also in the line-up are STARS workshops, sustainability in the curriculum workshops, local campus tours, a “Creating Sustainability” art installation involving more than 12 schools, and a new advanced session track. Attendees can also visit more than 70 vendors in the Expo Hall. Learn more at


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