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Sustainability Champion Awards

The Sustainability Champion Awards are designed to recognize individuals or groups at SCU who go out of their way to develop a culture of sustainability. We want to celebrate their hard work and honor their achievements by awarding them at this public ceremony. Individuals or groups are nominated (by self-nomination or nomination by another) which includes a short description of why they should receive the award. Members of the Center for Sustainability vote on the nominees and select an award recipient for each category (staff, faculty, student, group, collaborative project, and current Sustainability Liaison).

Nominate someone. All nominations are due at 8 am, Monday, May 18th and will be announced at the annual Sustainability Celebration on Friday, June 5th, 4 - 6 pm.

The selection criteria are as follows:
  • Lasting impact vs. single event or instance. We favor actions that will have a lasting impact on the campus community.
  •  Sustainability-focused* vs. sustainability-related**. Actions that are sustainability-focused will be considered over actions that are sustainability-related. Multiple actions may be combined for this point, so long as together, they show the nominee has approached sustainability from economic, social, and environmental perspectives.
  • *sustainability-focused actions include all three sustainability elements (justice, economics, and environment), showing others how different dimensions of sustainability relate to and support each other in theory and/or practice, addressing complex global issues. **sustainability-focused actions include one or two sustainability elements (justice, economics, and environment).
  • Depth vs. breadth. Actions that are harder to make will be favored over surface-level actions. Actions that reach many people may be favored over actions that reach a few, so long as there is a sense of lasting impact among those affected. 
  • Temporal boundary. Though we may consider actions that have happened in the past, the Champion Awards seek to celebrate achievements in the current academic year. 
  • Campus Sustainability. We will more strongly consider projects/initiatives to change the culture on campus. Community-based projects are important, and will be considered alongside campus-based projects, though not as strongly for these awards. We may choose to highlight noteworthy achievements that were done off-campus.


Past Winners

Faculty: John Farnsworth, Environmental Studies & Sciences
Staff: Mako Ushihara, Housing
Student: Lisa McMonagle, Class of 2014
Group: Campus Ministry
Collaborative Project: Food Recovery Network
Champion of Champions: Joe Sugg, former Assistant Vice President for University Operations

Faculty: Stephanie Hughes, Environmental Studies & Sciences
Staff: Chris Young, Facilities
Student: Andrew Noonan, Class of 2014
Group: Campus Recreation

Faculty: Bill Mains, Leavey School of Business
Staff: Janice DeMonsi, Campus Recreation
Student Group: Engineers Without Borders

Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053