MG 6127During the Earth Week Festival, held Tuesday, April 11, UAB Sustainability recognized individuals and groups for their leadership in support of sustainability efforts at UAB.

“Sustainability is an institutional priority and it takes all of us to create a culture of sustainability at UAB, from academic programs to building operations and maintenance to dining and more,” said Julie Price, Manager of UAB Sustainability. “So, we hope by recognizing those who are going above and beyond, it will encourage others to do what they can.”

The 2017 Sustainability Leadership Awards were awarded to:

  • André Davis and UAB Parking and Transportation for championing three new programs:
    • Electric vehicle charging
    • Bike lockers at Lister Hill
    • Enhanced bike policy on campus to support safety and improve experiences for cyclists
  • Doug Baulos for all of the ways he participates in sustainability efforts on campus:
    • Participating in the annual curriculum development program
    • Maintaining several garden plots in the community gardens for his papermaking class
    • Painting a mural on the side of the Facilities Conference Center, which faces the charging stations for the Facilities Division’s fleet of Nissan Leafs
    • He will be partnering with community artists to paint a 60-foot mural at the new site of the UAB community gardens
  • Charter members of UAB Green Labs for their work to reduce the use of energy, water, materials and hazardous chemicals without compromising research integrity or safety:
    • The members are working with UAB’s Department of Occupational Health & Safety and a national organization called My Green Labs to set up the program

UAB’s Department of Occupational Health & Safety also recognized the Pollock lab with an award for being the first lab to join the RightCycle glove recycling program. This innovative Kimberly-Clark Professional program enables labs to collect previously hard-to-recycle items, such as Kimberly-Clark Professional nitrile gloves and single-use apparel, and have them turned into eco-responsible consumer goods.

Price said it’s through partnerships such as these that UAB has been able to accomplish many of its noteworthy sustainable projects. In the past year alone, the institution has received a silver rating in the STARS assessment, renewed its Tree Campus USA commitment, and been selected as the Alabama Green Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education.

Find out how to get involved by visiting the UAB Sustainability website or by connecting with them via Facebook or Twitter