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Champion Awards

The Sustainability Champion Awards are designed to recognize individuals and groups at SCU who go out of their way to transform the culture of sustainability on campus. We 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 who has transformed each of the following areas of campus:

  • Academics | This involves improvement and/or transformation for sustainability in curriculum, research, faculty resources, use of the campus as a living laboratory, or other academic programs.
    Photo by Joanne Lee

    Photo by Joanne Lee

  • Engagement | This involves events, programs, or initiatives that strengthen sustainable attitudes and behaviors on campus and/or with our community partners.
  • Operations | This involves project or program development that moves campus buildings, landscaping, energy, food & dining, purchasing,  transportation, waste or water use towards more sustainable processes.
  • Planning & Administration | This involves working on institutionalizing sustainability via policy/governance/strategic planning, enhancing diversity and affordability, sustainable investment/finance, or improving employee wellbeing and safety.

 

Past Winners

 

Faculty: Ed Maurer, a Faculty Sustainability Liaison, involves the Civil Engineering department in sustainability related, local events such as creek clean-ups with the City of Santa Clara, rides his bike to work, and actively brings up new technology and ideas to the Center for Sustainability.

Staff: Julia Claire Landry, Director of Graduate Student Ministry, hosts graduate ministry events at the Forge and ensures that sustainability is woven into the programming or operations of the event. She also integrated Spirituality Facilitators into the Sustainability Liaison Network and is a second year Workplace Sustainability Liaison.

Student: Aaron Poor was the first ASG president (2015-16) to include sustainability in his platform, “community, sustainability, and snacks.” He always includes sustainability in conversation with student initiatives, especially off-campus.  Aaron participates in Center for Sustainability programs and events, and volunteers with SCCAP’s Best Buddies program at the Forge Garden. Aaron also developed his own major to study sustainable business.

Group: The Food and Agribusiness Institute (FAI) provides students with an education in the functional areas of management with the application of modern business practices to food and agribusiness firms. FAI creates awareness among students with food-related events. This year, they have partnered with the Center for Sustainability to include the Forge Garden and other urban gardens or farms in their activities and research.

Collaborative Project: In November 2015, the Laudato Si Conference Planning Committee hosted a conference about Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis.” The two-day event attracted hundreds of students and community members, and featured speakers including  Dr. Gretchen Daily, Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, and San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo.

Sustainability Liaison: Justin Wojcik is a very active Workplace Sustainability Liaison who always makes an effort to never miss a liaison meeting and participates in various Center for Sustainability activities. He uses a personal compost pail, was instrumental in Loyola’s win of the Annual Energy Challenge, served as a panelist in the Eco-Fashion Show, and attends extra liaison events and field trips such as the Advanced Water Purification Center Tour in April.

Faculty:
Chad Raphael, professor in the Department of Communications, is part of the Faculty Liaison group pilot, has been a long-time supporter of sustainability and utilizes his communication classes to conduct campus-based projects related to sustainability, such as the latest Dialogue and Discourse to organize student discussion about the drought.
 
Staff:
Lindsay Sperling, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, restructured the entire general chemistry lab sequence to emphasize green chemistry in the curriculum.
 
Students:
Sean Reilly, class of 2016 and environmental science major, has increased the visibility of GREEN Club through his leadership and involvement in Fossil Free SCU.
 
Group:
Transportation Services goes beyond their job description to exceed the needs and expectations of accessibility, mobility and sustainability; They are providing 24 EV charging stations (the most for any university), piloting the Zagster bike share program and won an honorable mention for the Clean Air Awards.
 
Collaborative Project:
GREEN Club and SCCAP’s B-LEJIT collaborated on Fossil Free SCU for its second year, and significantly elevated on-campus awareness about the climate crisis through persistent, creative, and positive activism.
 
Sustainability Liaison:
Koura Fabiny, Workplace Liaison for the Global Engagement Office, models a holistic commitment to sustainable living. She’s had perfect attendance to liaison meetings, attended sustainability-related event/field trips to learn more, and hosted a zero-waste vegetarian potluck for her department and office building. She frequently responds to the Center for Sustainability with questions from her peers and is always active in discussions with them.
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