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Utah State University Announces Sustainability Awards

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018

Heidi Hart receives the Sustainability Educator Award from Alexi Lamm

Heidi Hart receives the Sustainability Educator Award from USU's sustainability coordinator, Alexi Lamm. Photo credit: Megan Wilson.

Woodcut prints by Tyler McBride

Woodcut prints by Tyler McBride won second place. Photo credit: Brenda Hawley.

Utah State University Sustainability Council, Student Sustainability Office, and Caine College of the Arts held the second Impact exhibit with the fourth annual Sustainability Awards on April 16. Students and faculty received awards during the Impact exhibit opening reception. The awards recognized artists who have infused sustainability into their artwork and students and faculty who have made exemplary contributions to sustainability within the USU community. 

Graphic design student, Brenda Hawley, Caine College of the Arts Sustainability Fellow, organized the exhibit as a kick-off to USU’s Earth Day festivities.

The Sustainability Award recipients include:
•    Paige Morgan, dual major in marketing and environmental studies, received the student sustainability leadership award. Morgan has expanded the True Blue Reuse sale to a store with regular hours and added a fix-it. In her work with the Student Sustainability Office, she has also led participation in RecycleMania and conducted waste audits to improve USU’s waste and recycling system.
•    Heidi Hart, adjunct professor in German, received the sustainability educator award. Hart’s students have learned about German culture and sustainability through in-class assignments and study abroad. By attending USU’s Planetary Thinking faculty workshop and starting the Anthropocene Working group, Hart has been active in creating a community of learning for sustainability in the curriculum. 

The Impact Art Award recipients include:
•    Most Functional: Upcycled Accessories (in action) by Veronica Villhard was a series of outdoor gear made from upcycled tent material.
•    Best in Show: You Are What you Eat by Kirsten Barker was a life-sized leatherback turtle composed from plastic bags.
•    Second place: Untitled by Tyler McBride was a pair of woodcut prints of a man in a forest, emphasizing the dichotomy of nature and human development.
•    Third place: Humanizing the Oceans by Sadie Willey featured a three-paneled acrylic painting depicting the decline of ocean biodiversity.

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
Brenda Hawley, Caine College of the Arts Sustainability Fellow,, 435.797.8135

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