Auburn University to recognize campus, community sustainability efforts with Spirit of Sustainability Awards

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Office of Sustainability has created the Spirit of Sustainability Awards program to recognize the accomplishments of students, faculty, staff and alumni who exemplify the Auburn spirit by promoting sustainability on campus or in the community-at-large.

“Sustainability is a high priority for Auburn University, and there are a lot of people affiliated with Auburn who are doing impressive things. We want to make sure those folks are recognized and their work is celebrated,” said Mike Kensler, director of the Office of Sustainability.

Nominations will be accepted in December 2012 and January 2013. Individuals or groups are eligible for the awards. Consideration will be given to initiatives in the areas of research, instruction, outreach and operations, and campus and community projects which have taken place within the last two years and have had an impact on economic, social and environmental sustainability.

A selection committee comprised of students, faculty, staff and an alumnus will review nominations, and those selected will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be held to coincide with Earth Day in April 2013.

“The program was created in part to generate awareness of sustainability initiatives and to acknowledge those who are making significant contributions toward economic, social and environmental wellbeing,” Kensler said. “The Spirit of Sustainability Awards program is also intended to inspire further innovations, initiatives and actions toward a flourishing future.”

The nomination form can be found at http://www.auburn.edu/projects/sustainability/sustain-web/index.php/sustainability-awards/. For more information about the Spirit of Sustainability Awards and other sustainability initiatives on campus, contact the Office of Sustainability at sustain@auburn.edu.

(Contributed by Jennifer Morse.)

Contact: Jennifer Morse, Office of Sustainability, (334) 844-7777 (sustain@auburn.edu) or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (nelsoc4@auburn.edu)