Office of Sustainability will host its sustainability recognition awards program on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (Earth Day) at Ridges Auditorium, 5pm-7pm. This event is free and open to the public. The event's co-sponsor, ReUse Industries, will feature their recycled art competition exhibit and awards.
This Sustainability Recognition Program is an effort to appropriately recognize Ohio University community members for their contributions to a diverse set of sustainable behaviors on all of OHIO’s campuses during the current fiscal year. The individuals and groups nominated and recognized are integral in the advancement of the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan. It is recommended that all nominees are familiar with these plans as they are the basis of evaluation for award winners. These awards are open to all OHIO faculty, staff or students on any of Ohio University’s campuses. The Innovation Recognition is also open to community groups.
Nominations for the 2015 awards are now CLOSED. Nominations for 2016 will reopen in Fall 2015. For information about these awards, please refer to the information provided below.
Earth Day 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5:00pm: Doors Open
5:15pm: Keynote Speaker
5:45pm: Sustainability Awards announced
6:20pm: ReUse Industries announces recycled art competition awards
Faculty Sustainability Research & Advocacy Award: This recognition is awarded to a faculty member who has made exemplary contributions to his or her field through sustainability-related research. This faculty member has either participated in their own sustainability research or served as an advocate for increased sustainability research and activities at Ohio University.
Student Sustainability Leader(s) Award: This award is intended to recognize one student (or student group) who has excelled in sustainable actions and leadership at Ohio University during their time as a student. This can include class projects, club events, personal behaviors/actions, volunteerism and the like. This award is open to both undergraduate students and graduate students.
Staff Sustainability Advocate Award: This award is given to a staff member who has served as an advocate for advancing sustainability initiatives at Ohio University or served in a support role to assist student, faculty or staff led initiatives.
Exemplary Sustainable Department Award: This award is given to an office or department at Ohio University that has shown great leadership in a variety of sustainable behaviors including, but not limited to, advancing the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, encouraging health and wellness among its employees, investing in local goods and services, reducing its landfilled waste generation, participating in energy reduction efforts, and engaging in shared office resources.
Residential Housing Sustainability Award: Residential Housing floors (or mods) are invited to participate in the Residential Housing Sustainability Award. Each floor is asked to attend or host sustainability-related programs, events or conversationsthroughout the academic year. These programs do not need to be directlysponsored by the Office of Sustainability. The nominator must merely be able to explain how the floor has committed to sustainabilityon multiple occasions.
OoS Leadership Award (Peer Review): Office of Sustainability interns and employees are integral in the advancement of sustainability efforts at Ohio University. This award is given to the student working in the Office of Sustainabilitywho has gone above and beyond office expectations by serving as a support system, engaging in activities outside of their job description, offering creative and helpful suggestions and sharing their passion for sustainability with others. This award is voted on by peers within the office, though any OHIO student, faculty or staff may nominate an OoS employee. For a list of our current student employees, please navigate to the Staff page.
Innovation Recognition: Any student, faculty, staff or community member (or group) is invited to be nominated for recognition of innovative support, ideas or programs that help support community-wide sustainability efforts. This category is new in 2015.
The online applications are now available. Simply click on the award category headings above to be directed to award-specific application forms. Only online submissions will be accepted.
The application will require the following:
A selection committee shall be convened in March of each year to review the applications for the Faculty Research Award, The Staff Sustainability Advocate Award, the Student Sustainability Leader Award and the Exemplary Sustainable Office/Department. Applications will be judged on a comprehensive scale outlining various facets of sustainability and leadership. In the case that a member of the Selection Committee is nominated for an award, that member will not evaluate their own application. All committee evaluations will be compiled and the applicant with the highest score will win.
The OoS Leadership Award will be voted on by all Office of Sustainability student and staff employees, interns or volunteers in March of each year. The individual with the most votes will win.
The doors to Ridges Auditorium will open at 5pm on April 22 (Earth Day). At that time, guests can mingle, review informational displays and enjoy light appetizers.
Sustainability-related student organizations and departments will be invited to table at the event with informational displays. If your organization would like to reserve a space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space will be limited to the first ten requests.
A keynote address will begin at 5:15pm, followed immediately by the awards ceremony.
At approximately 6pm, ReUse Industries will begin their awards ceremony.
The remainder of the time will be occupied by an informal open house with educational displays, appetizers and beverages.
If an award winner is not present to collect their award, he/she may pick up their award in the Office of Sustainability after the event.
All of the above details are subject to change.