2007 Sustainability Leadership Award Winners
The student award was presented to a group of eleven students who participated in the KU Hillel Everett Tzedek Social Action Project in Spring 2007. Their project promoted the values of sustainability throughout Hillel programming, encouraged Hillel to implement sustainable business practices in its daily operations, and effected change in the broader community. The group also produced a short film that explored local awareness of global climate change. Students involved in the project include Jonathan Eisen, Megan Nissim, Bridey Maidhof, Claire Steifel, Justin Leverett, Kim Lear, Dena Hart, Ellie Dorfman, Batya Meyer, Jess Levy, Rachel Silvestain.
Wayne Pearse, Building Engineer for KU Memorial Unions, received the staff Sustainability Leadership Award. Wayne was recognized for playing a key role in a number of projects to reduce waste and promote a healthier indoor environment at the Kansas Union. Examples of his efforts include implementing innovative energy conservation measures, supporting a successful recycling program, and introducing a green cleaning process that replaces traditional supplies with non-toxic cleaning products.
The third award was presented to Dr. Susan Stagg-Williams, Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and Ilya Tabakh, a doctoral student in Environmental Engineering, for their involvement in the KU Biodiesel Initiative. Their project involves the operation of a reactor that converts used cooking oil collected from a campus dining facility into biodiesel fuel. Through this initiative, Williams and Tabakh are creating new research opportunities in the area of alternative fuels, developing fuel testing methods that will support local industry, and generating a useable fuel source out of materials that would otherwise be discarded as waste.
The award ceremony was followed by a reception featuring organic and all-natural snack items provided by KU Dining Services, highlighting their MarketFresh pilot concept available in The Market at the Kansas Union. MarketFresh celebrates sustainable farming techniques and educates customers about the importance of sustainable food systems.
Congratulations to our award winners and to all of the incredible nominees that are making a difference here at KU!