2023 UO Sustainability Awards Nominations

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2023 UO Sustainability Awards Open Nominations

Each UO Sustainability Award has a unique campus sponsor and each sponsor has their own methodology for choosing winners. This page compiles the open nomination calls. 


Research and Innovation and Impact

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is seeking nominations for individuals or research teams for the UO Sustainability Awards. This award program aims to recognize individuals whose contributions deepen our culture of sustainability across a range of institutional activities. The OVPRI sponsors 2 of the Sustainability Awards: one for research and scholarship, and one for innovation and impact. Award recipients will receive $500 in research funds ($1000 will be provided to a team), and will also be featured in a video produced by the Office of Sustainability. 

The nomination should contain a one-paragraph description of the nominee’s contributions to sustainability in research and scholarship or innovation and impact, along with the nominee’s CV.  If nominating a research team, please include CVs for all faculty team members. Preference is given to interdisciplinary environmental projects for the research and scholarship award.

Nominations (self-nominations are welcome and encouraged) via the online nomination form. The deadline for submission is February 27, 2023.

The OVPRI executive team will review the nominations and select award recipients. The awards will be presented in a ceremony hosted by the Office of Sustainability.

If you have any questions, please email RDS.

Excellence in Teaching

The University of Oregon has earned a national reputation for integrating the topic of sustainability into academics, research, building design, and day-to-day operations. Sustainability has become a widely shared institutional value. It is time once again to recognize and celebrate our many achievements at the University of Oregon’s Sustainability Awards Program. TEP invites applications for the Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is open to career and tenure-related faculty. Candidates for this award have developed pedagogy and curriculum that reinforce and advance principles of sustainability through course design and instruction. This award celebrates faculty who have exhibited excellence in the following two areas:

Sustainability – Demonstration of committed engagement with principles of sustainability through course content and student applications to real-world problems or contexts.

Pedagogy – Demonstration of teaching excellence through teaching practices that are inclusive, engaged, and research-led.

TO NOMINATE (including self-nominations): 

Please send faculty member’s name, applicable course syllabus, and a one-page letter of support that addresses the evaluation criteria indicated below to Office of Sustainability assistant director Sarah Stoeckl, sstoeckl@uoregon.edu, by noon on Friday, March 3rd.The recipient will be featured in a video about their teaching and honored at the annual UO Sustainability Awards Dinner. The event is designed to showcase University of Oregon’s depth and breadth in sustainability programming as well as give those leading the charge an opportunity to be recognized.  It features a cash bar, locally-grown food and entertainment. It is attended by approximately 75 people each year, including several deans and vice-presidents. For further information on the selection criteria, review TEP's call for nominations page.

Sustainable Campus

The Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration invites nominations for the Sustainable Campus award.  This award recognizes an employee or team for the introduction of a sustainability best practice into their department or unit’s day-to-day work or their service to campus. The Office of Sustainability coordinates these awards and hosts the annual awards ceremony and dinner, scheduled this year on May 9, 2023.

For the purpose of these awards, the definition of "sustainability" is expansive rather than prescriptive. The “three-legged stool” metaphor may be helpful, which often translates to “environment, equity, economy” or “planet, people, profits.” 

Please nominate yourself or others for this award. All UO people/units who provide operational or administrative work or service to University of Oregon are eligible. Nominations are due by 5pm, Friday February 24th.

Questions? Email Sarah Stoeckl, Office of Sustainability Assistant Director, sstoeckl@uoregon.edu.