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2019 Call for Award Nominations

The Environmental Concerns Committee is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Environmental Stewardship Award.  Environmental Stewardship refers to the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.  Each year, the award recognizes 1 department, 1 student group, and 1 individual for their environmental efforts.  The online nomination portal can be accessed here.  Questions may be directed to Sarah Ballew at sarah.ballew@ou.eduNominations are due by March 8th, 2019.

 

Environmental Stewardship Award

In 2017 the Environmental Concerns Committee began recognizing members of the campus community for their environmental stewardship efforts.  The following groups and individual were the recipients of the 2018 Recognition for Environmental Stewardship award:

  • Department – the OU IT Learning Spaces Team and the OU Biological Survey
  • Faculty or Staff Member – Dr. Bob Nairn
  • Student Organization – Environmental Science Student Association (ESSA) 

 A plaque which commemorates their efforts hangs in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

2018 DEPARTMENT AWARD RECIPIENT – IT Learning Spaces Team & OU Biological Survey

OU IT Learning Space and OU Biological Survey accept the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship Award for a department.
Representatives from the OU IT Learning Space team and the OU Biological Survey accept the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship Award for a department. The OU IT Learning Spaces team received the award in recognition of their effort to reduce paper waste. The OU Biological Survey received the award in recognition of their effort to provide information on biodiversity in the state. Pictured from left to right are Eddie Heubsch (OU IT), Byron Millsap (ECC Chair), Chris Kobza (OU IT), Lara Souza (OU Biological Survey) and Alex Nongard (ECC Secretary)

2018 INDIVIDUAL AWARD RECIPIENT – Dr. Bob Nairn

Dr. Bob Nairn accepts the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship award for an individual
Dr. Bob Nairn accepts the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship award for an individual. Dr. Nairn received the award in recognition of his work in conjunction with the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW). The team recently completed installation of their second passive treatment system for abandoned mine water at the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma. Pictured from left to right are Byron Millsap (ECC Chair), Dr. Bob Nairn, and Alex Nongard (ECC Secretary)

2018 STUDENT GROUP AWARD RECIPIENT - Environmental Science Student Association

Kat Mills accepts the award for the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship Award for a student group
Kat Mills represents the Environmental Science Student Association (ESSA) as she accepts the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship Award for a student group. The ESSA received the award in recognition of their investigation into the degraded quality of Tranquility Lake, a small reservoir in the Hall Park neighborhood. After conducting water sampling and analyses, vegetation identification, and spatial modelling, the ESSA determined likely causes of impairment and developed recommendations to the Hall Park Homeowners Association. Pictured from left to right are Byron Millsap (ECC Chair), Kat Mills, and Alex Nongard (ECC Secretary)

Previous Recipients

The following groups and individual were the inaugural recipients of the 2017 Recognition for Environmental Stewardship award:

  • Department – OU Printing, Mailing, and Document Services & OU Housing and Food Services
  • Faculty or Staff Member – Dr. Kyle Murray
  • Student Organization – OUr Earth

2017 Department Award Recipient - Printing, Mailing and Document Services

Printing, Mailing and Document Services Accepts Award

John Sarantakos (right) of Printing, Mailing and Document Services accepts the Environmental Concerns Committee's Stewardship Award for a Department.  Printing, Mailing and Document Services received the award in acknowledgement of their effort to reduce the volatile organic compound emissions associated with toner usage.    

2017 Department Award Recipient- Housing & Food Services

Housing & Food Services Accepts Award

Dot Flowers (right) of Housing & Food Services accepts the Environmental Concerns Committee's Stewardship Award for a Department.  Housing & Food shared the award with the OUr Earth student group in acknowledgment of their joint effort to bring the Leafy Green Machine Freight Farm to campus.

2017 Student Group Award Recipient - OUr Earth Student Group

OUr Earth Accepts Award

Allyson Wiley (left) of Our Earth accepts the Environmental Concerns Committee's Stewardship Award for a Student Group.  Our Earth shared the award with Housing & Food in acknowledgment of their joint effort to bring the Leafy Green Machine Freight Farm to campus.

2017 Individual Award Recipient - Dr. Kyle Murray

Dr. Kyle Murray Accepts Award

Dr. Kyle Murray (left) accepts the Environmental Concern's Committee's Stewardship Award for an individual.  Murray received the award in acknowledgment of his research in the areas of a) reuse of water that is co-produced with oil and gas operations and b) the occurence and toxicity of Constituents of Emerging Concern (pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in water and wastewater and how to make wastewater treatment and reuse an option for future water suppy.