The Sustainability Champion Award is the highest level and only individual level award given at the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference within our Best Practice Awards Program. The Sustainability Champion award is given to an individual person who has been a role model to their peers around the state; has promoted sustainability throughout their campus; achieved results; and who truly embodies the term “leader”. This award is typically given to someone who has implemented a wide variety of sustainability efforts and been involved for several years in this work. The champion could be a staff person, administrator, or faculty member. Students are not eligible for this award, though we encourage them to apply for best practice awards in Student Sustainability Leadership.
The work of the Sustainability Champion can be in any (or multiple) area(s) of campus sustainability including but not limited to: climate action planning; ecological literacy and curriculum; energy efficiency and renewable energy; food systems; green building; institutionalizing sustainability; environmentally and socially preferred purchasing; research – innovating solutions to environmental and social issues; social equity; student mentorship and service to students; alternative transportation; waste reduction and recycling; water efficiency; and ecological landscape design.
This year, we are accepting nominations for Champions from UC, CSU, and private and independent colleges and universities. We are also in conversation with the Community College Chancellor’s Office about the potential to build on the Board of Governors’ Sustainability Award Program.
To nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out this nomination form and email it to Katie Maynard firstname.lastname@example.org by February 16th, 2018. Selected champions will be announced at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and not in advance. Please nominate someone who is likely to attend the event.