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Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards

Nominate a colleague for a $2,500 Alta Sustainability Leadership Award.

University of Utah students, faculty and staff now have the opportunity to win one of four $2,500 awards for their efforts in sustainability, thanks to a generous gift from Alta Ski Area.

“Building on Alta’s 70-year heritage of conservation, we are excited to support the University of Utah’s faculty, staff and students who are leading the way in sustainability,” said Onno Wieringa, Alta’s general manager. “Working in partnership, we will enhance the culture of innovation and creativity in this crucial work.”

The new Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards will be presented on the basis of excellence in fostering leadership and commitment to the health of our community and our planet through an understanding of, and actions to enhance, the stability, resilience and diversity of our intertwined natural, social, economic and cultural systems at the U. The four award categories include:

  • Campus as a Living Lab Award
    Recognizes a graduate or undergraduate student who completes an outstanding project or initiative that makes the U more sustainable.
  • Sustainability Community Partnership Award
    Recognizes an instructor or student who models the U’s commitment to sustainability leadership through a community research or service project.
  • Sustainability Integration Award
    Recognizes an instructor (at any level) who successfully integrates sustainability education into their course(s).
  • Sustainability Research Award
    Recognizes an individual (student, faculty or staff member) who is conducting significant interdisciplinary sustainability research.

The Sustainability Leadership Team will select the honorees, and ecological literacy scholar David Orr will present the awards on March 6 during his campus visit. Winners will be contacted prior to the event.

Know someone you want to nominate? Here’s how you do it:

  1. Choose the person and award category for the nomination.
  2. Log on to the Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards webpage and download the nomination form.
  3. Complete the nomination form, which includes a statement detailing a candidate’s contributions to sustainability and links to other supporting documentation (new articles, journal articles, etc.).
  4. Email the form to by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards are co-hosted by the Environmental & Sustainability Studies program and the Global Change & Sustainability Center. For questions about the awards, contact Karren Nichols at