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Since 2007, Emory has presented Sustainability Innovator Awards to faculty, staff, and students who contributed time, energy, and effort to further Emory’s vision of a sustainable campus. These contributions include work related to sustainability education, waste reduction, energy conservation, local food, and green building. The Office of Sustainability Initiatives celebrates these individual's commitment to the health and well-being of Emory’s natural environment and all of its community members.

In 2010 the awards were renamed the Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Award to recognize Bob Hascall who retired July 2010 and led the University’s Campus Services department during a formative period in Emory's development. Bob was a champion of Emory's sustainability initiatives, in particular its sustainable design and green building practices. Under his leadership, Emory adopted LEED Silver certification as the building design minimum in new construction, constructed the first LEED building in the Southeast, and constructed the first LEED-EB Gold in the U.S. Thanks in large part to Bob's vision and leadership, Emory has one of the largest inventories of LEED-certified building space in the country.


Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards

2013
Jane Duggan- Jane is an anesthesiologist at Emory University Hospital Midtown and an assistant professor of Anesthesiology in the School of Medicine. Jane is acutely aware of all of the waste that comes out of Emory’s operating rooms, and has been collecting clean recyclable materials to be recycled through her home recycling program. This year, Jane urged hospital administration to expand recycling opportunities in operating rooms, administrative spaces, and public spaces throughout the hospital. She has also convened a group of dedicated staff at EUHM to discuss and propose ways to heighten sustainability initiatives in the hospital and promote behavior change.

Randy Sims- Randy is the Director of Facilities Management at Emory University Hospital Midtown, where he works tirelessly to maintain the hospital’s facilities and meet the demands of Emory’s patients, physicians, and visitors. Randy has spent many hours this year engaging EUHM in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, a DOE challenge to reduce the hospital’s energy and water consumption 20% by 2020. Through his hard work, the hospital received a free energy audit and energy conservation recommendations, and will implement measures that will reduce hospital energy consumption and utility costs.

Kyle Griffith- Kyle is the Complex Director for Few and Evans Halls, Emory’s first year “Living Green in the 21st Century” sustainability-themed residence halls. Kyle goes above and beyond the call of duty to encourage his staff and residents to lead more sustainable lives on a daily basis at Emory. He has inspired students to develop numerous sustainability campaigns during his three years at Emory, including most recently, a sustainable laundry initiative. Kyle’s infectious enthusiasm for sustainability has spread throughout the hundreds of students he has worked with over the years and he has become an essential component towards creating a culture of sustainability in Emory’s student body.

Leah Yngve- Leah is a 2nd year student at Rollins School of Public Health. In just a little over a year, Leah has accomplished a vast array of sustainability projects on campus and beyond. She has worked tirelessly to encourage and improve alternative transportation through work with the Graduate Student Council, Emory’s Transportation and Parking Services, Bike Emory, the Emory Spokes Council and the Atlanta Bike Coalition. She led efforts to conduct a bike and pedestrian safety audit of N Decatur Rd and present these findings to the community, as well as provided support for a transportation report published by the Southern Environmental Law Center. In addition, Leah serves as the vice-president of the Rollins Environmental Health and Action Committee (REHAC) and volunteers in the Rollins’ Educational Garden.

Raghu Patil- Raghu is Senior Program Associate in the Office of Finance and Operations at Oxford College. Raghu serves as Sustainability Representative for Oxford College and liaison between Oxford and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. Through his persistence and skillful collaborations, Raghu has succeeded in bringing a comprehensive recycling program to Oxford that is serving as a pilot for the entire University. He is also responsible for facilitating a comprehensive review and update of the Oxford energy metering program and the introduction of “hydration stations” to Oxford.

Kirk Hines- Kirk founded the Wesley Woods Horticultural Therapy program in 1993. A registered horticultural therapist, Kirk has provided support for Emory’s Sustainability Initiative by providing organic herbs, vegetables and flowers for its eight Educational Gardens. Each winter, seeds are sown and seedlings transplanted during patient therapy sessions. Treatment goals are achieved by increasing fine/gross motor skills, as well as by decreasing depression and anxiety. Some patients take seedlings home and others enjoy knowing that their work contributes to the gardens and student education. Kirk’s work supports the environmental and social goals of Emory’s sustainability initiative.



2012
Cassandra Gonzalez- Cass is a senior in Emory College majoring in sociology. Cass manages the Green Bean Coffee Cart, is editor of the sustainability magazine “Generation Response,” was co-founder of Emory Vegans and Vegetarians, and helped organize this year’s Food Fair. This summer, she interned at Global Growers, a local organization that promotes organic farming within Atlanta’s refugee community. Whether she is drinking fair trade, organic coffee in her reusable coffee mug, riding her bike around Atlanta, or purchasing local produce from the Emory Farmers Market, Cass is a sustainability role model for all Emory students. We are honored to recognize Cass as a sustainability innovator.

Paul Bredderman – Paul is an Associate Director of the Career Center and has served as a Career Counselor at Emory University since August 2003, where he specializes in helping undergraduates, graduate students and recent alumni with their self-assessment and career decision-making needs. In 2010, Paul created the Green Networking Night to give Emory students an opportunity to meet local professionals from a variety of sustainability-related careers. Thanks to his hard work and innovation, the Green Networking Night is now an annual event held each November.

Rex Hardaway & Loette King—In summer 2012, Rex and Loette engaged the services of an environmental contractor, TruCost, to analyze the carbon footprint of Emory suppliers. The data collected from this research will be essential information to achieve our carbon reduction goals in our Climate Action Plan and to help the University make educated, sustainable purchasing decisions in the future. We thank Rex and Loette for their commitment to Emory’s sustainability initiatives.

Searless Hathaway – Searless is the Safety Preparedness Manager at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and is this year’s Sustainability Innovator for Emory Healthcare. Searless has gone above and beyond to be sure that some of the waste from Emory Midtown is diverted from the landfill for more sustainable uses. As a result, more used medical equipment has been donated to our nonprofit partner MedShare than in the past, surplus furniture has been repurposed and reused, and electronic waste has been used for parts or recycled. We honor Searless for her leadership in carrying out Emory’s commitment environmental, economic, and social responsibility.

Dr. Juliette Apkarian- Dr. Apkarian is Associate Professor and Chair for Emory’s Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures department. She leads the Piedmont Project TATTO which is a training workshop to highlight ways graduate students can integrate sustainability with disciplinary teaching opportunities. We thank Dr. Apkarian for her hard work spreading sustainability throughout Emory’s curriculum and are proud to give her this year’s faculty Sustainability Innovator Award.



2011
Dr. Marlin R. Gottschalk - Dr. Marlin Gottschalk ‘72C, ‘76G, ‘81G was Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Sustainability Division from 2008 until his death in May 2011. He was a widely-respected ecologist, who is credited with helping to form metro-Atlanta’s non-profit air quality advocacy organization, the Clean Air Campaign. He volunteered with Emory’s sustainability initiative, attending our annual Green Networking Night in order to encourage Emory students to pursue their interests in sustainability-related professions. He served as friend, colleague and mentor to many members of Georgia’s conservation community.

Lisa Davis - In her work in Facilities Management’s Building and Residential Services Division, Lisa has distinguished herself for her hard work, dedication, and commitment to Emory’s sustainability initiatives. Lisa has modeled best practices in recycling and has ensured that her team and customers understand the importance of sustainability as a University-wide strategic priority.

Judith Robertson – Since January 2009, Judith has served as Emory’s Educational Garden Coordinator. In that role, Judith has worked tirelessly to oversee the educational gardens, train student and staff volunteers on gardening and sustainable food, coordinate with Campus Services’ Grounds staff, and facilitate special events, such as garden tours and tastings. Judith will be leaving Atlanta and her role at Emory this year, but she leaves behind a wonderful legacy of eleven gardens and an enthusiastic team of volunteer gardeners that she has trained and equipped to carry on her work. For her outstanding service to the University and its sustainability initiative, we are honored to recognize Judith Robertson as a sustainability innovator.

Vialla Hartfield-Mendez -- Dr. Vialla Hartfield-Méndez is a Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Director of Engaged Learning in the Office of University-Community Partnerships at Emory University. Over the past two years, Dr. Hartfield-Méndez has worked closely with Emory’s sustainability initiative to establish a Sustainability Fellow position within OUCP that has expanded Emory’s outreach to community partners on sustainability-related projects. This year, she conducted a workshop series for faculty from all units of the university to develop sustainability-related community-engaged learning opportunities for students. For her leadership in promoting engaged learning in sustainability among faculty and sustainability-related community outreach for students, we are honored to recognize Dr. Hartfield-Mendez as a sustainability innovator.

Goizueta Business School’s Net Impact Chapter - The vision of Net Impact Goizueta is to inspire and empower the student body to act as conscientious future business leaders, serving as stewards of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Last year, Net Impact Goizueta was awarded a “Silver Chapter” status by the national Net Impact organization based on the growth of its membership and active programming schedule. For its role as a model for student leadership in sustainability and as a reliable partner to Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, we recognize the leaders of Net Impact Goizueta as a sustainability innovators.

Brent Zern - Brent serves as an environmental engineer in Campus Services and a liaison with the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. For the past three years, Brent has led the effort to track and report Emory’s greenhouse gas emissions inventories. This year, Brent also led the Campus Services’ Carbon Reduction Task Force that examined operational strategies to help lower Emory’s carbon footprint. For his extraordinary service to Emory’s sustainability initiatives over the past several years, we are honored to recognize Brent Zern as a sustainability innovator.

David Pugh - David serves as Associate Administrator in Emory Healthcare. Thanks to David’s hard work and commitment to sustainability, recycling is now occurring in all of Emory’s hospitals and plans are underway to expand sustainability practices through a pilot project at Emory’s Orthopedic and Spine Hospital. When asked about his commitment to sustainability in Emory’s hospitals he said this: “Today's health care leaders are approaching sustainability with many different priorities, opinions, and perspectives. Every hospital has a different mix of drivers and motivators for taking on sustainability as a goal. For some, being in compliance in a high-risk regulatory environment is a driver. Others are responding to address environmental issues like climate change or resource conservation. Some simply want to be good stewards of our environment. Probably all are looking for cost savings. Whatever your motivations, everyone can agree that using less energy, less water, and generating less waste can both save money and contribute to cleaner air and water and a healthier environment. So the bottom line…sustainability is good!” For his work to further sustainability in Emory Healthcare, we are honored to recognize David Pugh as a sustainability innovator.


2010
Michael Kloss – Staff: Led the development and promotion of green building practices and Emory Encore, an online supply swap program for event planners. Kloss also assisted in the development of Emory’s Green Event Certification Program.

Betty Woodman and Peter Wakefield – Faculty: Led the development and launch of a new Sustainability Minor at Emory, an interdisciplinary program that provides students with expanded opportunities to learn about sustainability.

Jason Myers –Student: Assisted in the formation of Creation Keepers, a student group focused on increasing the Candler School of Theology's commitment to sustainability and weaving sustainable practices into the fabric of life at Candler. The group organized, raised funds, planted, and continues to maintain the Educational Food Garden next to Candler.

Michael Huerkamp – Sustainability Representative: Michael is the recipient of the inaugural Sustainability Innovator Award for Sustainability Representatives; a group that represents every major building on campus and who play a vital role in advancing sustainability at Emory. Michael was instrumental in launching a composting program for Emory’s animal bedding waste as a part of the sustainability vision to reduce 95% of Emory's animal bedding waste.

Tara Whitehead-Stotland – Alumna: Assisted in the formation of Emory's new network for alumni, Blue and Gold Make Green, for those interested in or working in the field of sustainability.


2009 Sustainability Innovator Awards

Chaz Holt, Emory's Farm Liaison, Emory Dining: Built build bridges between Emory and area farmers to help the University achieve its goal of 75% local and sustainably-grown food by 2015.

David Hanson, Associate Vice President for Administration and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration: A constant supporter and advocate for Emory’s Sustainability Initiative who served as interim director of Sustainability Initiatives.

Patty Erbach, Executive Director, Campus Life: Led sustainable food innovations such as the Organic Box Program, Zaya Mediterranean café, and establishing the position of Sustainable Food Education Coordinator.

Kiersten Murnane, Marketing Manager, Marketing and Communications: Assisted with the development of the Sustainability Initiatives website, marketing plan, and sustainability pledge.

Lee Smith, Director, Orientation, Office of Undergraduate Education: Led the development of "Zero Waste" Orientation at Emory.

Deena Keeler, Assistant Director, Auxiliary Services, Campus Services: Development of composting program at Emory.


2008 Sustainability Innovator Awards

Awards were not presented in 2008.


2007 Sustainability Innovator Awards

Allison Burdette – Faculty and Student Education and Research: Developed with faculty and students discussion series on global climate change.

Becky Hancock – Innovation in Waste Reduction: Created a survey to assess campus interest in moving to an on-line phone directory and phasing out print phone directories.

John Notarantonio – Commute Alternatives: Developed and launched a web-based commuter matching program and new website, Destination Emory, that allows usersto see every vanpool, MARTA connection, Cliff shuttle route and Park-n-Ride option provided by Emory.

Sarah Parsons – Energy Conservation Awareness: Conceived and implemented soapbox derby race with Georgia Tech to excite and educate students about kicking the gasoline habit and using alternative transportation.

Chad Brommer – Sustainable Foods Education: Raised awareness about local food production, urban agriculture, and healthy food choices and spearheaded the creation of multiple educational food gardens on campus.

James Davis – Green Building Operation and Maintenance: Developed Emory’s Green Cleaning Program from conception to implementation; an important part of the University’s success in obtaining LEED-Certification for its green buildings.

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