University Sustainability Awards

Beginning in 2015, the University of Oregon launched its sustainability award program to recognize individuals, whose contributions deepened our culture of sustainability across a range of institutional activities. Nominations are accepted annually in the winter term. Winners are announced at a award ceremony in May. 

2017 Sustainability Awards Winners

2016 Sustainability Award Winners

2015 Sustainability Award Winners

2010 to 2014 Student Sustainability Award Winners 

2017 Sustainability Awards Nominations

Nominations and self-nominations are due Monday, April 10, 2017

The University of Oregon has earned a national reputation for integrating “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.   The following six awards will be given at a dinner ceremony on Monday, May 22, 2017.  


1. EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD:  This award is open to NTTF and tenure track 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 persons who have exhibited excellence in one or both of the following areas:

  • Innovation - Creative integration of principles of environmental, social, and economic sustainability through innovative curriculum design and instruction.
  • Impact - Teaching and mentorship which inspires student engagement in sustainability projects on campus or beyond.

TO NOMINATE (including self-nominations):  Please send faculty member’s name, applicable course syllabus, and a one-page letter of support to Maeve Anderson at by April 10, 2017.

2. RESEARCH INNOVATION AWARD:  This award is open to a University of Oregon project whose innovations developed from their UO research are now provided as products or services that improve sustainability.

TO NOMINATE (including self-nominations):  Please provide a summary (not to exceed two pages) about the project and what makes it a leader in sustainability.  What solution does it provide? How do the products or services based on this innovation encourage sustainability in its users or the community? How is its approach to sustainability innovative, and how does it impact its field?  Send nomination information to the Office of Research and Innovation at by April 10, 2017

3. STUDENT LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD:  This award is given to a current undergraduate student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and who has made a significant contribution on campus for sustainability by implementing projects, generating awareness, or creating new initiatives through their extra-curricular involvement. These include the following:

  • Engage in sustainability related projects on or off campus.
  • Inspire others to engage in sustainable practices.
  • Leadership in a sustainability related student organization.

TO APPLY:  Students seeking this award should submit the following to Eric Beeler at by April 10, 2017:

  • A 500-word essay explaining how you have made a significant contribution on campus for sustainability by implementing projects, generating awareness, or creating new initiatives through their extra-curricular involvement.
  • A letter of reference submitted by UO staff or faculty member on student’s behalf.
  • An unofficial UO transcript. 

4. OPERATIONS AWARD:  This award recognizes an outstanding individual or team whose contributions have improved sustainability performance in the day-to-day operations of the University of Oregon.  Examples of operations that can be improved include (but are not limited to):

  • Waste and recycling handling
  • Landscape planting and irrigation
  • Building temperatures and light timing
  • Utility conservation methods (steam, chilled water and electricity)
  • Vendor selection and purchasing
  • Technology usage
  • Water usage
  • Vehicle usage

TO NOMINATE (including self-nominations):  Please summarize the achievements in two pages or less and send to Tony Hardenbrook at by April 10, 2017.  Your letter should:

  • Describe the initiative or operational change 
  • Explain how this improves sustainability performance at the UO.  
  • State whether this improvement provides an on-going or one-time benefit. 

5. CAMPUS DESIGN AWARD:  This award will be given to a project sponsor who has demonstrated leadership, excellence, and creativity in implementing the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development.  (Note:  Campus Planning, Design and Construction are aware of all eligible projects.  Therefore nominations are not necessary.)

6. TOWN & GOWN SUSTAINABILITY AWARDThis award is presented to campus individuals or groups for projects that promote, educate or enhance a more sustainable community. Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Community Outreach—Overall quality of community outreach and enhancement of town/gown relationship
  • Impact—The project or program is felt broadly throughout the community
  • Creativity—Project or program is unique, new or considered innovative
  • Partnership—Project is implemented in cooperation with community stakeholders

TO NOMINATE (including self-nominations):  Please provide a summary (not to exceed one page) about the project and how it meets the above criteria. Send nomination information to Matt Roberts at by April 10, 2017