Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

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Lisa McMonagle is this year’s recipient of the ESS Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award

This year’s recipient, Lisa McMonagle has been an outstanding student leader and advocate for sustainability across campus. During Spring Break 2012, Lisa participated in an immersion trip to Appalachia where she was a first-hand witness to the impact of coal mining on the land and local communities. Following that trip, Lisa evolved to a leader in the Fossil Free SCU (FFSCU) campaign, which is encouraging the university to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel extraction companies. Lisa has been instrumental in educating the wider university community about divestment options through many events and channels. In an informative and inspired debate hosted by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics las Fall, Lisa discussed the issues surrounding divestment with John Kerrigan, SCU’s Chief Investment Officer. As Lisa noted in a recent article for EnviroNews ‘The principles of divestment fully coincide with the vision of the university to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world and also fits nicely with the university’s goal of climate neutrality.’

In addition to her many activities for FFSCU, Lisa has worked as a sustainability liaison, transitioning from a Community Facilitator Sustainability Liaison, to a representative in SCOOPS, to a member of LOCALS. She is also recognized for her numerous contributions to student groups including GREEN club, Think Outside The Bottle, BLEJIT in SCCAP, and Fossil Free SCU.

Please join the faculty and staff of ESS and the Center for Sustainability on congratulating Lisa!

The Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award was established to honor the memory of Lucky Hinkle, longtime University staff member who worked diligently to promote recycling on campus, this award is given to the graduating senior with a declared major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies who, in the judgment of the ESS faculty, has made the most significant contribution to promoting a culture of sustainability at Santa Clara University and beyond.