Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award

Student and Staff Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award (CUPSA)...

The 2013  staff, student and student group Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award (CUPSA) were presented to:

From left, Céline Jennison, of the Cornell Permaculture Club; Rebecca Macies; Erin Moore; and Joan Manheim, all winners of the Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award.(Mark Lawrence)
From left, Céline Jennison, of the Cornell Permaculture Club; Rebecca Macies; Erin Moore; and Joan Manheim, all winners of the Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award.(Mark Lawrence)
  • Rebecca Macies ’14, student coordinator for the Campus Sustainability Office, for her effort to keep such campus events as New Student Orientation, Homecoming, Campus Sustainability Day and Spring Fest green;
  • Joan Manheim, marketing manager at the Cornell Store, for her effort to install a toner cartridge refill program, and plastic bag and battery recycling programs. The store now charges a nickel for plastic bags, which generated almost $1,200 between April and August for Cornell’s Green Revolving Fund and cut bag use by half;
  • Erin Moore, energy conservation outreach manager in Facilities Services, for bringing the Cornell community together around the new “Think Big Live Green” campaign, which launched in the College of Engineering earlier this fall; and
  • Cornell Permaculture Club, a student group that produced a demonstration “permaculture garden” next to the Trillium dining facility, where the fruits, vegetables and herbs grown are given directly to chefs for Trillium meals.

Click here to view the list of all the 2013 CUPSA nominees

The President Sustainable Campus Committee recognizes that students, staff, and regional partners play a critical role in the sustainable transformation of the Cornell campus. The annual CUPSA celebrates the many campus leaders who are committed to and engaged in making our campus, its operations, and academic initiatives as "green" as possible. The CUPSA for Student and Staff Leaders will be given each fall semester to an individual or a team who has made significant and notable contributions to the sustainable development of the Cornell campus over the previous year. Each spring the CUPSA will be awarded in a third category to a partner in the community or region.

QUALIFICATIONS: These awards recognize Cornell University staff and students who are currently making an impact on campus sustainability efforts by generating awareness, implementing projects, or catalyzing new initiatives in one or more of the following areas: Discovery, Education, Engagement, and Practice. Nominees may be an individual staff member, an individual student, or a group/team comprised of any combination of staff or students.

CRITERIA: All nominations will be evaluated based on their impacts in one or more of the following areas

Discovery: The awardee has contributed to, or substantially improved, Cornell's capacity to create synergies and connections that spark discovery, innovative research, and real progress for humanity.

Education: The awardee has contributed to Cornell's academic and extra-curricular educational environment through classes, campaigns, and educational experiences that make sustainability a robust and compelling subject for the next generation of scholars, entrepreneurs, artists, and leaders.

Engagement: The awardee has contributed to Cornell's ability to ensure business leaders, policy makers, and citizens get the research-based guidance they need to make crucial decisions for a sustainable future.

Practice: The awardee has helped transform the Cornell campus into a living laboratory for sustainability through innovation that directly reduces the university's ecological footprint, enhances social cohesion and equity in the campus community, or integrates sustainability into the culture of Cornell and our local communities.