2011 Sustainability Leadership Award Winners

Undergraduate Student Award
Kim Scherman
Kim Scherman, English and Journalism: Kim was recognized with the undergraduate student award. Kim has worked to educate students and community members about sustainable food systems by organizing film showings, partnering with a local grocer to create educational materials for shoppers, and coordinating the KU Student Farm. She is currently working on an honors thesis in the School of Journalism to examine how other student farms have educated their participants about eating and producing local food.

Graduate Student Award
Lydia GibsonLydia Gibson, Urban Planning: Lydia has been a catalyst for numerous sustainability initiatives. As an undergraduate at KU, Lydia formed a student chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association, connecting members with local and regional businesses implementing sustainable practices. She has coordinated comprehensive waste audits both on campus and off, assisting Boulevard Brewing Co. in development of their zero landfill plan. Lydia has also has been involved in researching and reporting on the federal farm bill, agriculture and energy security, and water rights legislation, and co-chaired a working group for the campus sustainability plan.

Faculty Award
Dr. Catherine Schwoerer, associate professor in the School of Business: Dr. Schwoerer was recognized with the faculty award for the personal approach she takes with her students to expand their understanding of sustainability. She creates a unique learning environment where students are challenged to define sustainability around what is most important to them and discover their individual roles in advancing sustainability. In the words of her nominator, "Catherine found the seed of caring in each of us, and watered the heck out of it." 

Staff Award
Peg LivingoodPeg Livingood, landscape architect, Design & Construction Management: Peg has been a champion for sustainability initiatives throughout her ten-year career at KU. She participated on the Transit Task Force, worked closely with Parking and Transit to update and improve campus bus routes, and served as the project manager for the Park & Ride project. Peg helped plan the incorporation of bio-swales in the Park & Ride parking lot and a natural stream channel to drain the central area of the developing research circle on West Campus. She has also supported the vision of student sustainability initiatives that created the Student Rain Garden and improved Potter Lake.

Project Award
Studio 804
Studio 804/Center for Design Research: The Center for Design Research is the latest building completed by Studio 804 in the School of Architecture. Designed and built entirely by students under the guidance of distinguished professor Dan Rockhill, the building features a solar array, a green roof, and a vented wall that promotes cross-ventilation in the summer and circulation of warm air in the winter, among other sustainable design features. In addition to demonstrating green design and energy efficiency, the project was recognized for engaging students in a unique hands-on learning opportunity and creating a collaborative environment that will benefit the KU campus and the broader community. Directed by professor Gregory Thomas, the Center for Design Research plans to use the building to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty and students.

Social Justice Award
Jerry SchultzDr. Jerry Schultz, assistant research professor and co-director of the KU Work Group: Dr. Schultz was recognized for his work with the Kansas City Chronic Disease Coalition to reduce diabetes and heart disease among African American and Hispanic residents of Kansas City's urban core. He has also worked with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Indians, supporting that community's use of traditional Potawatomi foods in a sustainable, ecological approach to improving wellness. Dr. Schultz's efforts emphasize justice through health and well-being for all by addressing social inclusion and income equality.

Past Award Recipients

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