Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (September 19, 2018) – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of its annual Sustainability Awards for their outstanding achievements and progress toward sustainability. AASHE bestows its prestigious awards on the institutions and individuals that are leading higher education to a sustainable future.

This year we received over 300 total entries with winners named in four categories:

  • NEW! The Lifetime Achievement Award honors outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of sustainability in higher education over their lifetimes.
  • The Campus Sustainability Achievement Award honors higher education institutions for successful implementation of projects that significantly advance sustainability.
  • The Student Sustainability Leadership Award honors students and/or student teams from higher education who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting sustainability on campus.
  • The Campus Sustainability Research Award recognizes research that contributes to the advancement of higher education sustainability.

Award winners will be recognized on Oct. 2 at the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Dr. Tony Cortese, Principal at Intentional Endowments Network. With over 3 decades of leadership, Dr. Cortese played an essential role in the formation of many of the key organizations and frameworks – including the Talloires Declaration, Second Nature, AASHE, the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and the Intentional Endowments Network – that have guided the evolution of the movement for sustainability by and in higher education.

Student Sustainability Leadership Award

  • Evan Zachary of Rochester Institute of Technology for “Recovery and Reuse; On-Campus and Off,” which features two student-driven programs– Goodbye Goodbuy! and Flower City Pickers Inc.–that focus efforts on volunteer-driven waste recovery and redistribution.

Campus Sustainability Achievement Award Winners

  • Hampshire College for the “R.W. Kern Center – A Living Building. R.W. Kern Center is a Living Building Challenge certified multi-purpose facility that generates its own energy, captures and treats its own water, and processes and recycles its waste.
  • Bow Valley College for its “progress toward 90% waste diversion goal.” Traditional recycling and composting programs, and special programs for fabric, plastic gloves, batteries, pens, IV bags, cooking oil, and electronics recycling enabled the college to increase its recycling rate from 19% to 76% in only four years.
  • Emory University for its WaterHub – Engaging Campus & Community in Water Reclamation. This on-site water recycling system uses biomimicry to reclaim wastewater for heating and cooling buildings and flushing toilets.

Campus Sustainability Research Award Winners

Award recipients receive recognition in a variety of formats as well as a plaque made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood from Rivanna, a woman-owned B Corp with a strong commitment to sustainability. To date, more than 85 campuses been recognized through this prestigious award program since its inception in 2006.

To read more about AASHE’s awards programs, please visit https://www.aashe.org/get-involved/awards/.