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 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. 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 Programs.
This year, we are accepting nominations for Champions from UC, CSU, and private and independent colleges and universities.
The UC and CSU winners will be chosen by the Office of the President and Offices of the Chancellors, respectively. The Private College/University Sustainability Champion will be selected by nationally-based environmental non-profit organizations. Please use the navigation bar to the left to link to more information on this nomination process.