Annual Sustainability Awards

Celebrate the outstanding sustainability contributions of UCalgary students, faculty and staff members.


This year, we celebrate the 14th annual University of Calgary Sustainability Awards. For more than a decade, these awards have honoured students, faculty and staff members for their outstanding positive contributions to the sustainable future of UCalgary and our world.

Nomination categories

Nominations are completed by students, faculty and staff to recognize individuals or groups who are contributing to sustainability excellence at UCalgary and in our world. Nominees’ projects or initiatives are evaluated on the basis of three criteria: impact, innovation and community engagement.

Undergraduate Graduate Student Sustainability Awards

These awards recognize exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, or group of students who have led initiatives that make positive contributions to the sustainable future of UCalgary and our world. These initiatives may be curricular and/or co-curricular in nature.

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Staff Sustainability Award

These awards recognize exceptional staff members individually or a staff team who has made positive contributions to UCalgary’s sustainability practices and our world's sustainable future. Staff nominees must have led an initiative(s) that has made a lasting and measurable impact at UCalgary. An initiative(s) that also advances sustainability in local or global contexts is considered an asset but is not required for nomination. Sustainability may or may not be one of the nominee’s defined job responsibilities.

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Sustainability Faculty Research Award

This award recognizes faculty members, instructors and postdoctoral scholars conducting exceptional research within which sustainability research or outcomes are embedded. Strong nominations will demonstrate sustainability is explicitly embedded in the research or outcomes and advances multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; transdisciplinarity; strategic partnerships; innovation; and, significant contributions at the local, regional, national and/or international scale(s).

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Sustainability Teaching Award

This award recognizes exceptional educators who have integrated sustainability into their classrooms and across the curriculum at UCalgary. Strong nominations will illustrate how the nominee’s classroom teaching, course design and/or assignments engage their students and prepare them to make positive and innovative contributions towards a sustainable future.

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United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an urgent call for action by all countries — developed and developing — in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth — all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. (United Nations, 2020).

Previous Sustainability Awards recipients

2021 Award winners

2021 winners

UCalgary students, faculty and staff members who are contributing towards achieving our collective sustainability goals by exhibiting excellence through research, leadership, advancements and achievements:

  • Sasha Lavoie, Calgary Community Fridge, Undergraduate Student Sustainability Award

  • Bita Malekian, Water Movement, Graduate Student Sustainability Award

  • The Digital Bee Collection Team, Staff Sustainability Award

  • David V. Wright, Faculty of Law, Sustainability Teaching Award

  • Dr. David Nicholas, Faculty of Social Work, Sustainability Research Award

  • Entomology Team, Zoology 435, Experiential Learning Project in Sustainability Award