In 2017, the Office of Sustainability hosted the inaugural Sustainability Awards at the Annual Sustainability Breakfast.
The purpose of the Sustainability Champion Awards is to recognize and reward individuals - a student, a faculty member, and a staff member - who have demonstrated exemplary effort, dedication, and leadership throughout the year in fostering a campus culture of sustainability.
The Sustainability Champion Awards are open to undergraduate and graduate students studying at Texas A&M University College Station with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and to faculty and staff employed by Texas A&M University College Station with a minimum one year of TAMU service. The nomination category chosen for faculty with joint appointments must correspond to the role in which they undertook their sustainable action(s)/project(s). Nominees must not have been the recipient of the Sustainability Champion Award within the previous two years.
Nominees must have demonstrated excellence and commitment in making Aggieland more environmentally, economically, and/or socially sustainable. A variety of projects and actions are eligible, with examples including but not limited to the following: develop a sustainability project to improve campus; educate peers on sustainability issues; host a sustainability outreach event or initiative; incorporate sustainability into an organization; conduct research on pressing sustainability issues; incorporate sustainability into curriculum and teaching; or work to make Aggieland more inclusive, diverse, and socially just.
Please complete the nomination form. Send all nomination components in one email with subject line “Sustainability Champion Nomination” to: email@example.com.
Award Selection Process
An anonymous committee of individuals with knowledge of sustainability efforts at Texas A&M University will make the selections.
Using a specific scoring matrix, the committee will review and score the nomination packets. Members of the selection committee shall be ineligible for nomination in any award category during their term of service. Selection committee members should not submit nominations or provide letters of support for nominations while serving on the committee.
2018 Sustainability Champions
- Student - Michelle Alvarez, Aggie Eco-Reps
- Faculty - Natalie Johnson, PhD, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
- Staff - Carol Binzer, PhD, Department of Residence Life
2017 Sustainability Champions
- Student - Brian Christensen, Bioenvironmental Science Major
- Faculty - Jayme Walenta, PhD, Department of Geography
- Staff - Lilia Gonzales, Office of the University Architect