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Sustainability Champion Awards

The Sustainability Champion Awards are designed to recognize individuals who go out of their way to develop a culture of sustainability at SCU, to celebrate their hard work, and to honor their achievements. 

Individuals are nominated (by self-nomination or nomination by another), which includes a short description of why they should receive the award. The Office of Sustainability selectd an award recipient for each category (faculty, staff, student, and group). 

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 winners!

The 2012-2013 Sustainability Champions were awarded at the Sustainability Celebration luncheon which took place on Wednesday, June 5th at the Forge Garden. View photos of the Champions at the ceremony. Comments from nominators below depict the efforts and accomplishments of this year's recipients.

Stephanie Hughes, Environmental Studies & Sciences

Stephanie Hughes poses with Michelle Marvier, ESS Department Chair

"Stephanie has done so much to use the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability. Her classes almost always include some component of sustainability at SCU: Her Joy of Garbage class has helped tremendously with longitudinal data collection about waste diversion at SCU. Her energy and environment class usually contributes to [the] Energy Challenge. This year, her ENVS 23 class is helping Facilities analyze recycled water composition. She has also promoted the Senate Bill about pharmaceutical take-back."


Chris Young, Buildings and Grounds, Facilities

Chris Young (center) poses with Mimi Sanicola'13, Sustainability Intern, and Jeff Charles, Director of Facilities & Operations

"Chris has helped support recycling and composting efforts for years. Chris has reduced the amount we send to landfills, saving the University money while enhancing SCU's image and engaging the campus. Last year, he took a leading role in making the university switch to a responsible electronics hauler. He oversaw the expansion of our recycling program and helped develop a robust composting program: users of Leavey can compost their paper towels, & every event attendee can compost their paper plates!"

Andrew Noonan, Class of 2014

Andrew Noonan (center) poses with Bill Mains, Leadership Lecturer at the Business School Undergraduate Business Programs, and Michelle Tang'13, Sustainability Intern."Andrew's impact has been tremendously positive ever since he started school! His enthusiasm and passion for sharing a connection to our natural environment and developing leaders of stewardship among his peers has deeply contributed to sustainability at SCU." "[He is] in charge of the Into the Wild Club, which regularly works with other groups and student organizations to encourage the love of the outdoors and sustainable habits. ITW also helps to promote and work at events like our Forge showcase."

Campus Recreation student staff, Group

(from left to right:) Brian Kirby, Bismah Aziz, Janice DeMonsi, and Sara Aliotti

"A core group from the Campus Recreation student staff, supervised by Janice, has implemented drastic improvements to Malley operations, going above and beyond their job descriptions. Campus Rec. has gone paperless at their front desk, has the goal of zero waste by 2020, and has developed an energy bar and paired shoe Terracycle brigade, which has been really successful-a lot of people have dropped their wrappers at Malley."

Brian Kirby, Facility Student Coordinator
Sara Aliotti, Fitness Student Coordinator
Adam Irino, Membership Services Student Coordinator
Bismah Aziz, Budget Recreation Center Student Coordinator
and Janice DeMonsi, Director of Recreation



Past Winners

The first Sustainability Champion Awards were given in the Spring of 2012. Read below about the hard work and achievements of the winners in the faculty, staff, and student categories.

Bill Mains, Undergraduate Business Programs

Bill Mains poses with Jo-Anne Shibles, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Business Programs, Elizabeth Hart '12, and Lindsey KalkbrennerBill was the faculty recipient of the Sustainability Champion Awards because he developed programs to nurture undergraduate business students so they can become contemplative leaders who are sustainability champions themselves.

Bill has created a space for students to explore sustainability and their future careers. Bill formed CLASP, the Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program, which connects undergraduate business students with sustainability professionals as well as fosters a sense of place in the Bay Area. Bill is the advisor to the Sustainable Business Studies club, which was formed by students in the first year of CLASP. Bill also advises Into the Wild, a student organization dedicated to connecting students to nature. 

Janice DeMonsi, Campus Recreation

Janice DeMonsi poses with Lindsey Kalkbrenner and Megan Anders'12, Sustainability Intern for Athletics & RecreationJanice was honored as the staff recipient of the Sustainability Champion Awards for her commitment to developing a more sustainable campus recreation program. She has collaborated with Facilities and the Office of Sustainability to find ways to reduce energy consumption, water use, and waste production while providing a great place for people to work out.  Janice has worked hard to improve the compost and recycling systems in Campus Recreation buildings as well as to reduce energy use through the installation of motion sensor lighting. Recently, Malley added several "Powered by Sweat" treadmills that run on self-generated energy. 

Engineers Without Borders, Student organization

Members of Engineers Without Borders poses with Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Director of the Office of SustainabilityThe student group recipient of the Sustainability Champion Awards was Engineers Without Borders (EWB). EWB was honored for their work to build a culture of sustainability both globally and locally. Their tireless efforts to help communities develop sustainable access to clean water, and their involvement with the student group SCOOPS (Students Collaborating and Organizing Opportunities and Projects for Sustainability) were celebrated.

SCU's chapter of EWB is currently developing a potable water distribution and treatment project for a rural community in El Pital, Atlantida, Honduras. They are also designing a canasta that will enable community members to cross the Cangrejal River to access the community's water source. EWB will send a group of students to El Pital in early September to survey and to begin the development process for these projects.