Environmental Ambassador Awards

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Annual Sustainability Awards

Every year at our Annual Sustainability Celebration, in April, we recognize those who are creating a positive impact at SIU! Recognitions include Environmental Ambassador Awards, Sustainability Collaborator Awards, and more! Learn more about these programs below.

Environmental Ambassador Award

April 2024 marked our 22nd year of awarding environmental ambassadors!

Sustainability Celebration Awards Recipients

Photo: 2024 Sustainability Celebration Award Recipients

With a minimum of 30 service hours required to receive the award, we know that our students have volunteered over 9000 hours toward environmental initiatives since the initiation of the Environmental Ambassador Award.

We hope to break the 10,000 hour milestone this year! Students, help us to reach this goal!

Students who participate in at least 30 hours of environmentally related service in an academic year are eligible for the Environmental Ambassador Award, sponsored by the Sustainability Council and awarded by the Chancellor.

DEADLINE: Environmental Ambassador Award hours must be completed before April 15, 2024 in order to be officially recognized at the Annual Sustainability Celebration on April 22, 2024. 

There are two options for receiving the Environmental Ambassador Award (EAA). In order to participate, students should review and follow the instructions here:

Option A

  1. If you have not already registered to use the volunteer database with the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism, follow the instructions found on their website at cslv.siu.edu. When you register, you have the option of identifying which student groups you are a part of. Be sure to choose Environmental Ambassador.
  2. After registering, browse the opportunities listed in the volunteer database. A link to the database can be found here: cslv.siu.edu. Click on the description link of each opportunity to find out if the volunteer opportunity qualifies for the Environmental Ambassador Award. Opportunities that qualify are noted with the sentence: “This program qualifies for the Environmental Ambassador Award.” Follow all instructions on the website to sign-up to volunteer at the event.
  3. Print out the Service Hours Verification Sheet, found on the SIU Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism website. Circle “Environmental Ambassador” as the “Reason for Service.” 
  4. Volunteer and ensure that the agency sponsor signs the form on the date of the event after you have filled out all other event information.
  5. Save the form: it is the responsibility of the student to save this form until all 30 qualifying hours are complete. You will use this form for all EAA hours.  If there are questions about qualifying hours, please contact the Sustainability Office.
  6. Submit your form: the completed form MUST be submitted to the Sustainability Office before the deadline (see above). Forms can be scanned and submitted electronically to sustainability@siu.edu with subject line: “Environmental Ambassador Award Option A Submission”.

The Sustainability Office sometimes offers opportunities to volunteer that are not listed in the volunteer database. If you are working on this award while volunteering with our office, ask us to sign your Service Hours Verification Sheet at the time you volunteer with us.

Option B

We understand that students sometimes complete environmental work outside of the opportunities available in the SIU Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism database. Students who have completed environmental work outside of this process during the active school year may apply to receive the Environmental Ambassador Award by completing this form and complying with the requirements set forth. Forms can be scanned and submitted electronically to sustainability@siu.edu with subject line: “Environmental Ambassador Award Option B Submission”.

We recognize our past awardees. See below for a list of our Environmental Ambassador recipients over the years.

Other Sustainability Council Recognition 

The Sustainability Collaborator award is given to an individual or group who has contributed greatly to advancing sustainability at SIU through collaboration with SIU Sustainability.

The Honorary Environmental Ambassador award is given to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication to sustainability through their work or activities on campus. Given in the spirit of the Student Environmental Ambassador Award, awardees have gone above and beyond their regular duties to promote a more sustainable SIU. 

2024 Sustainability Collaborators - SENSE

Sustainability Collaborators - SENSE 

2024 Sustainability Collaborators - Angie Kuehl

Sustainability Collaborators - Angie Kuehl

2024 Sustainability Collaborators - Rachel Miller

Sustainability Collaborators - Rachel Miller

2024 Sustainability Collaborators - Dave Tippy

Sustainability Collaborators - Dave Tippy

2024 Sustainability Collaborators - Steve Gariepy

Sustainability Collaborators - Steve Gariepy

2024 Sustainability Collaborators - Elizabeth Donoghue

Sustainability Collaborators - Elizabeth Donoghue

2024 Sustainability Collaborators - Larry Dunlap-Berg

Sustainability Collaborators - Larry Dunlap-Berg

2024 Sustainability Collaborators - Christi Mathis

Sustainability Collaborators - Christi Mathis


2019 Honorary Environmental Ambassador Award - Dr. Justin Schoof

Honorary Environmental Ambassador Award - Dr. Justin Schoof 

2019 Sustainability Collaborators - Justin Harrell

Sustainability Collaborators - Justin Harrell

Tree Campus USA Committee

Tree Campus USA Committee

2018 Sustainability Collaborators

Dental Hygiene Clinic - Amber Billings

Saluki Green Action Team Committee: Sally Wright, Amy McMorrow Hunter, and Christi Mathis

Saluki Green Action Team Committee

2018 Honorary Environmental Ambassador Award - Ron Dunkel, Student Center Craft Shop.

Honorary Environmental Ambassador Award Recipient - Ron Dunkel

2017 Sustainability Celebration Highlights

Representatives from Plant and Service Operations Building Services team accept a Sustainability Collaborators award.

Sustainability Collaborators Award - Plant and Service Operations Team

Photo (left to right): Vice Chancellor Jim Garvey, Mike Brewer, Marianne Wilson, Student Sustainability Council Member Alyssa Kolenda, Sustainability Coordinator Geory Kurtzhals, Student Sustainability Council Member Amanda Marshall.

Sustainability Fellow Austin Nunn accepts a Sustainability Collaborators Award on behalf of the student design Registered Student Organization (RSO), AIGA for the group's work on campus wide recycling signage.

Sustainability Collaborators Award - Austin Nunn

Paul Restivo accepts an honorary environmental ambassador award for his long-standing commitment to sustainability on the SIU campus.

Environmental Ambassador Award - Paul Restivo

Photo (left to right): Vice Chancellor Jim Garvey, Paul Restivo, Sustainability Coordinator Geory Kurtzhals, Student Sustainability Council Members Alyssa Kolenda and Amanda Marshall.

2016 Sustainability Celebration Highlights

Members of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional coed business fraternity, are recognized for their collaboration with the Career Closet event.

Career Closet Event - Alpha Kappa Psi members

Dave Tippy, from SIU Grounds, accepts a Sustainabilty Collaboration Recognition Award for his team's support of the Football Tailgating Recycyling initiative.

2016 Sustainability Collaboration Recognition Award - Dave Tippy

Dr. Tao Huang (assistant professor, design), and her design processes and presentation class are recoginzed for their design support of the Innovation and Sustainability Hub.

Innovation and Sustainability Hub - Dr. Tao Huang

Representatives from University Housing are recognized for numerous collaborations associated with sustainability. Accepting from University Housing are Chef Bill Connors, Brandon Macier, and Anna McNamara.   

University Housing - Sustainability Recognition