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Environmental Ambassador Award


2017 Environmental Recipients

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.

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. A list of environmentally related opportunities can be found at (look for the link that says "Volunteer Opportunities Here"). 

There are two options for receiving the Environmental Ambassador Award. Click on the links for a form for each option. These forms provide all instructions for the award and submission.

Option A    Option B

NOTE: Environmental Ambassador Award hours must be completed by April 22 and are due to the office on that day.

Please reach out to us at if you have any questions. If you are a current or former ambassador and have photos to share, you can send them to us to be featured here! 

Thank you for your passion and commitment to positively impacting the world around us!

 See below for a list of our Environmental Ambassador recipients over the years.

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. 

2017 Sustainability Celebration Highlights


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.