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AASHE Announces 2019 Sustainability Award Winners

Spokane, Washington (September 9, 2019) – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is pleased to announce the 2019 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. 

AASHE named 11 winners, and 2 honorable mentions, from 350 submissions across four award categories: 

  • 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 the 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. 27 at the 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo in Spokane, Washington.  

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
  • Judy Walton, the founding director of AASHE, served the organization in a variety of capacities from 2006 to 2013. In her time with AASHE, she played leadership roles in the development of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Judy also helped found and coordinate the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability and the Higher Education Associations Consortium for Sustainability.
Campus Sustainability Student Leadership Award Winner
  • Students of Color Environmental Collective, a free conference for students of color from across California designed to connect and grow local environmental justice activists.
  • [Honorable Mention] Patrick Duke at the University of Calgary for founding Students on Sustainability. Students on Sustainability is a student society that educates grade school students on sustainability topics linked to climate change and supports student action projects.
Campus Sustainability Achievement Award Winners
Campus Sustainability Research Award Winners

Award recipients receive a variety of recognition, including a plaque made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood from Rivanna, a woman-owned B Corp with a strong commitment to sustainability. To date, nearly 100 campuses been recognized through this prestigious award program since its inception in 2006. 

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