UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC


Please note the following FAQs do not relate to the Sustainability Champion Awards.

Can I email my application in?

Applicants are required to submit proposals through our Proposal Space online submittal system, unless you require special accomodations based on your accessibility needs. If you have trouble using the online submittal system, you can use our word document version of the questions or you can contact Katie Maynard for further assistance. Please see the directions tab to the left for submittal details.

Can I self-nominate? In other words, can I nominate a project that I worked on?


When are the nomination forms due?

February 28th, 2017 at 5:00pm through the online submission system.

Will the submittal deadline be extended?


Who selects the winners?

Winners are selected by a panel of impartial judges with content-area expertise. Panels include staff from the UC Office of the President, CSU Chancellor’s Office, and Investor Owned Utilities, as well as sustainability-focused non-profit organizations and some campus representatives.

Can I nominate the same project in multiple categories?

No. You must choose one category. 

I would like to have an opportunity to present at the conference, even if I am not selected as an award winner. Will you consider my award application or do I also need to respond to the Call for Proposals for speaking?

You need to apply to both separately.

What is the Timeline?
Date Step
February 1st, 2017

Call for Nominations Announcement

February 28th, 2017 Nomination Forms Due
March 13th, 2017

All Awards other than the Champion Awards Announced

June 27th, 2017

(reception: 6:00pm-7:00pm and dinner 7:00pm-9:00pm)

Award Recipients in All Categories Honored and Sustainability Champion Award Winners Announced at the Annual Awards Dinner.
June 26th-June 29th, 2017 CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (where award dinner takes place)
I don't work for a campus, but I worked with a campus on a project and would like to submit a nomination, can I do so?

As long as the campus is aware of the submission and agrees to present on the project at CHESC if the nomination is accepted, you can help them draft their nomination form. A campus person must be the main point of contact on the nomination and the award will be awarded to the campus rather than the external group if selected.

I read the FAQs and still have questions. What should I do?

Contact Janika McFeely,, 510-987-9896.