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.
- 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.
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.