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Environmental Ambassador Award

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.

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 here.  
  2. After registering, browse the opportunities listed in the volunteer database. A link to the database can be found here: 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 April 22. Forms can be scanned and submitted electronically to with “Environmental Ambassador Award Option A Submission” as the subject line.

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.

NOTE: Environmental Ambassador Award hours must be completed before April 22.  Forms can be scanned and submitted electronically to with “Environmental Ambassador Award Option A Submission” as the subject line.

Sustainability Collaboration Recognition 

The Sustainability Council recognizes campus groups who have collaborated with SIU Sustainability, or other groups, to help make our campus more sustainable. See below for a list of our Environmental Ambassador recipients over the years.

2018 Sustainability Celebration Highlights

2018 Environmental Ambassadors

 ambassador 1

ambassador 2

ambassador 3

ambassador 4

jesse galaway
Jesse Galaway

samantha griffin
Samantha Griffin

ambassador 7

ambassador 8

ambassador 9

ambassador 10

ambassador 11



2017 Sustainability Celebration Highlights


Photo (left to right): Wei Li, Julia Sanabria, Elise Sawa, Katelyn Toigo, Jenna Parks, Dylan Gibson, Anna Feliciano, Celine Aguilar, Andrew Aaflaq, Evan Krieg, Jatoya Hale, Student Sustainability Council Member Allyssa Kolenda, Sustainability Coordinator Geory Kurtzhals, Student Sustainability Council Member Amanda Marshall.


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

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 campuswide recycling signage.


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

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

Alpha Kappa Psi

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


Dave Tippy, Grounds

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

Dr Tao Huang

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.


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.