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Utah State University Announces Sustainability Awards

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017

Kate Stephens and Logan Christian

Kate Stephens, director of the Student Sustainability office, and Student Sustainability Leadership Award winner Logan Christian, a senior majoring in environmental studies.

Emmet Pruss

Student Sustainability Leadership Award winner Emmet Pruss, a master's student in bioregional planning.

Alexi Lamm and Ryan Dupont

Alexi Lamm, USU sustainability coordinator, and Ryan Dupont, professor of civil and environmental engineering who received the Sustainability Educator Award.

Utah State University Sustainability Council and Blue Goes Green programs held the third annual Sustainability Awards April 21. Students, faculty, and staff received awards prior to the keynote address by Stacy Bare during USU’s Earth Day festivities. The awards recognize exemplary contributions to sustainability within the USU community.

The Sustainability Award recipients include:

Logan Christian, senior majoring in environmental studies, received one of two student sustainability leadership awards. Under Christian’s leadership, the Blue Goes Green Grant program doubled in size. He has been instrumental in creating a network of students interested in sustainability across the state of Utah.

Emmet Pruss, M.S. student in Bioregional Planning, also received a student sustainability leadership award. Pruss is detail-oriented and innovative. He expanded the reach of the Blue Goes Green Grant program to more students, and he led the planning of 2017’s Earth Day festivities.

Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew received the sustainability innovation award. Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew, an AmeriCorps program based at Utah State University, challenged itself push forward conservation that is less reliant on motor vehicles by starting a crew that travels by bicycles. During the summer of 2015, the UCC created the nation's first-ever pedal-powered bike crew. This four-person crew ditched the usual truck and used cargo bicycles over seven weeks to improve miles of trail. Over the past two years, the bike crew has traveled hundreds of miles by bicycle and improved miles of trails at Utah State Parks.

Ryan Dupont, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the sustainability educator award. Dupont’s students engage in service learning activities—conducting waste audits to improve the university’s waste and recycling system and researching storm water treatment and bioremediation. Dupont is also a part of the original Planetary Thinking in the Curriculum planning committee. The program helps ensure all students leave USU prepared to address issues of sustainability in any field they choose.

Zac Cook, USU energy manager, received the employee advocacy award. He launched the Energy Reporter App, which allows the campus community to report energy waste. He also helped bring Energy Wars conservation competition to academic buildings for the first time in 2016. Cook is known for his exceptional work with student Blue Goes Green grant ideas and implementing energy efficiency and energy management projects.

About the USU Sustainability Council

The Utah State University Sustainability Council formed in 2007 after the university became a signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The Council seeks to reduce carbon emissions as well as conserve resources and enhance quality of life by promoting sustainability in USU’s academic and service missions.

About the Student Sustainability Office

The mission of the Utah State University Student Sustainability Office is to create a place on campus where students can generate and get help for their green ideas, obtain research grants for sustainability, and gain knowledge to take into their future.

Contacts: Alexi Lamm, USU Sustainability Coordinator,, 435.797.9299, Kate Stephens, Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning,, 435.797.8135

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