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Published: February 13, 2019 Author: Senya Afi Ghamli

The Ohio University Office of Sustainability is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize staff, faculty, students, departments, community members and organizations for their outstanding contributions to sustainability at the University or in the local community.

The awards are open to all OHIO faculty, staff or students on any Ohio University campus and the Community Sustainability Award is open to community members and groups. Award winners will be announced at Ohio University's Earth Day Celebration on April 18, 2019.

The deadline to submit a nomination is March 14, 2019, and the nomination categories are:

Faculty Sustainability Award: This recognition is awarded to a faculty member who has made exemplary contributions to his or her field through sustainability-related teaching, research, scholarship or service.  

Student Sustainability Leader(s) Award:  This award recognizes 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, staff or community-led initiatives.

Exemplary Sustainability 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.  

Any Department which completes the Sustainable Tracking and Evaluation Program (STEP) will be automatically nominated in the Department Award category if a certification application was submitted within the past academic year.  

Community Sustainability Recognition:  Any community member (or group) is invited to be nominated for recognition of their participation in programs that help support community-wide sustainability efforts.

Sustainability Award nominations can be submitted at this webpage. For additional information, please visit the OHIO Earth Day Celebration website.