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Sustainability Celebration & Awards Dinner

Each year the Office for Sustainability and leaders of campus sustainability groups host a Sustainability Celebration & Awards Dinner to reflect on the year's accomplishments and to recognize University of Richmond community members for their outstanding contributions to sustainability.

Sustainability leaders are nominated by their peers and at the dinner, Sustainability Leadership Awards are presented.

2017 Sustainability Leadership Award Recipients

Abby Houser, a staff member, received an award for her crucial role in organizing the University's first ever RecycleMania basketball game. This game was part of the RecycleMania competition. 87% of the waste from the game was composted or recycled and only 13% went to the landfill.

Diana Nguyen, a student, was recognized for her leadership of Spiders CARE, UR's first animal rights group. She helped bring together an amazing, dedicated group of people and worked hard to educate her peers through events, digital media, and in person interactions. 

Joanne Kong, a faculty member, was given an award for her work to raise awareness of, educate about, and inspire action towards a plant-based diet. 

Donald Edmonds, a student, was recognized for his involvement in the Office for Sustainability, Earth Lodge, and SEEDS. Fellow students and faculty in the Geography and Environmental Studies departments also praised his dependability, creativity, and leadership. 

Mary Finley-Brook, a faculty member, received an award for her work with Green Schools and her work as an activist, educator, and social scientist. She has long been a cornerstone of sustainability at the University and has worked with dozens of students on sustainability issues on campus and abroad.

2016 Sustainability Leadership Award Recipients

David Donaldson was recognized for his leadership in URSA, spearheading the zero waste graduation, his work in making events more sustainable, and managing the community garden.

Kristine Grayson was recognized for her work on the 2016 Power Dialog, her sustainability and environmental research with students in an Environmental Studies capstone course, her summer and lab research with Biology students, and her role on the Environmental Studies advisory committee.

Maggie Johnson was recognized for her role as the founding President of Food Recovery Network at the University of Richmond.

Peter Tight was recognized for his work with the paper towel composting project in Puryear Hall.