College of Human Ecology: Sustainability Stars

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Karen Steffy

Via College of Human Ecology tumblr, 6/10/16

For her contributions as a sustainability leader, Karen Steffy, graduate field assistant in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design, earned the Angie Stedwell Award for Passion and Commitment to Sustainable Behavior Change at the College of Human Ecology’s annual Green Ambassadors ceremony.

The award honors an individual who motivates others in the college to adopt green behaviors through a personal dedication to sustainable action. It is named for Stedwell, a Green Ambassador and human development administrative assistant who died in 2015.

Steffy’s award nomination read: “Karen embodies that rare and deep passion to make sustainable change not only for our college but for the community and the world. She influences those around her and leads them to be better stewards of this planet.” The honor was presented by Jim Hatch, Cornell facilities manager and the first recipient of the prize.

The event brought together more than 20 faculty, staff, and administrators to mark highlights from the college’s Toward a Sustainable Organization initiative, which formed in 2014 as a peer-to-peer campaign to conserve campus resources and promote a culture of sustainability across the college.

Other awards included:

  • Guru of Greening Offices and Labs, Samantha Kirsch ‘18 and James Jones-Rounds, manager, Human Development EEG & Psychophysiology Laboratory, who guided faculty members through the process, giving Human Ecology the largest share of certified green facilities at Cornell;
  • Energy Smackdown Sorcerer, Trudy Radcliffe, research aide for the Residential Child Care Project in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, who led Beebe Hall to a record-breaking reduction in energy consumption;
  • Master CHEFS, Marianne Arcangeli, administrative assistant in human development, and Suyash Bhogawar, informatics programmer analyst for the Cornell MRI Facility, who conceived and led the College of Human Ecology Food Sustainers Cook-Off to raise awareness for the food chain’s environmental impact;
  • Green Fashion Fanatic, Karen Steffy, for guiding the “Sustainability and Clothing: Recycling, Reusing, Upcycling, and Local Fibers,“ exhibit;
  • Faculty Achieve Award for Leadership and Engagement in Sustainable Behavior Change, Denise Green ‘07, assistant professor of fiber science and apparel design, for leadership and commitment to greening instructional and research environments;
  • Staff Achievement Award as Sustainable Behavior Change Champion, Mark Vorreuter, manager of web and digital communications, who contributed energy, ideas, and commitment to Green Ambassadors programs;
  • Student Achievement Award as Sustainable Behavior Change Innovator, Weiqi “Connie” Huang ‘17, a leader of the Student Green Ambassador team.
Karen Steffy earned the Angie Stedwell Award

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