Environment Studies Program - Awards
The Environment Studies program sponsors three important awards. These are announced during Earth Week. Earth Week is a annual series of events, panels, movies and activities organized by Fairfield Students and held in conjunction with Earth Day, April 22.
The Outstanding Student in the Environment Studies program . Awarded annually, the prestigious Outstanding Student in the Environment Studies program award is given to a senior student enrolled in the Program who has achieved exemplary academic success and made very significant contributions to the Program and campus sustainability efforts. In addition to its announcement at an event during Earth Week, this Award is included in the annual College of Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony. Established two decades ago, recent winners of this award include: Alexandra Gross (2008), Stacy Davis (2009), Alexandra Roem (2010), Dana August (2011), Zachary Gross (2012), Terry O’Brien (2012), Helen Nelson (2013).
Leaders in Campus Sustainability Award. This award is given annually by a vote of the Environment Studies program faculty to an individual or group that have made a demonstrated difference in the quality of sustainability efforts on campus. Created in 2012, winners of this award include:
- Professor Lisa Newton, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy and Founder of the Environment Studies program. Winner of the “Leaders in Campus Sustainability” Award for Lifetime Achievement for her efforts supporting campus sustainability and environmental education during her long and productive career at Fairfield University.
- James Fitzpatrick `70, Assistant Vice President of Administration and Student Affairs. Winner of the “Leaders in Campus Sustainability” Award for Lifetime Achievement for his support of campus sustainability and student environmental activities during his long and productive career at Fairfield University .
- Professor Jennifer Klug and Professor Tod Osier, Associate Professors of Biology. Winner of the “Leaders in Campus Sustainability” for 2011-2012 for “Creating the Campus Garden.” Their leadership in creating support for this initiative, building the garden itself, overseeing its operation, and involving students in educational and co-curricular activities involving the garden have had a lasting and important impact on our campus
- John Perry, School of Engineering, class of 2013, for his work researching, designing and implementing construction of a rain-water collection system for the Barone Campus Center
Student Research Award. The Student Research award is given annually to a students enrolled in the Program for outstanding research achievements in environment and sustainability issues. In addition to its announcement at an event during Earth Week, this Award is included in the annual College of Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony. Given for the first time in 2013, recent winners include JoshuaRobichaud (2013).
Campus Sustainability Grants. Campus Sustainability Grants are awarded to students to support sustainability efforts on campus. Typically three grants are awarded each year. Recent winners have included undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dolan School of Business, and School of Engineering for projects focused on water collection systems, recycling innovations, energy efficiency, transportation, food and other important issues.