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Students, staff, groups win sustainability awards

Jason Koski/University Photography

Making the world – and the Cornell campus – a greener place, the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee has awarded individuals and groups the 2017 Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards.

The Environmental Collaborative’s Environmental Justice Committee won in the student group award category for collaborating with community partners.

Building Care’s Julie Houston, who offers insight for students, faculty and staff by teaching responsible waste reduction and disposal, won the staff award. Houston also received accolades for her role as a “composting crusader” and for her part in a campuswide energy conservation program that saved the university more than $40,000.

For creatively finding ways to support student civic action, Bruce Monger, senior lecturer in the earth and atmospheric sciences, won the faculty award.

Elizabeth Chi ’18 and Katherine Bedding, MPA ’17, won individual students award. Chi has organized several events, panels and rallies throughout her undergraduate career, while Bedding has consulted on sustainability projects such as the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment facility and FUNDECOR, a Costa Rican conservation group.

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins won the community partner award for providing residents with pactical ideas to protect the environment, save money and contribute to good jobs for people in Tompkins County.

- Blaine Friedlander