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Now accepting nominations for the Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards.

By Eva Grimmer, Sustainability Office

This spring the University of Utah will partner with Alta Ski Area to present the second Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards to four members of the university community. These awards, which highlight excellence in sustainability teaching, research, community partnership and campus improvement, provide an opportunity to recognize many of the sustainability initiatives happening throughout the university.

Alta Awards 2013The awards will be presented on March 3, 2016, and your help is needed. The organizing committee is now seeking submissions. If you or someone you know demonstrates leadership in sustainability education, research or campus/community initiatives, now is the time to celebrate them by submitting a nomination. All students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate.

The Alta Awards honor four areas:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sustainability Integration Award: Recognizes an instructor (at any level) who successfully integrates sustainability education into their course(s).
  4. Sustainability Research Award: Recognizes an individual (student, faculty or staff member) who is conducting significant interdisciplinary sustainability research.

Apply here today. Applications are due by Feb. 8, 2016. In addition to the award recognition, recipients also receive a $2,500 cash prize.

The Alta Ski Area has a unique history working as a field partner with various classes and departments at the U. Alta has worked with students from the university to foster environmental stewardship on the mountain while providing hands-on experiences for faculty and students. The Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards exhibit an even deeper commitment to sustainability.

“While many businesses are committed to greening their own operations, a true mark of leadership in the field of sustainability is investing in future generations both on and off site,” said Adrienne Cachelin, director of sustainability education at the U. “This is exactly what Alta is doing through these awards.”