Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards

The Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards are presented on the basis of excellence in fostering leadership and commitment to the health of our community and our planet through an understanding of, and actions to enhance, the stability, resilience, and diversity of our intertwined natural, social, economic, and cultural systems at the U of U. An award of $2,500 will be given to the winner of each of the four award categories.

 Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards & Lecture 
March 3, 2016 | 2:00 pm
6th floor, College of Law

2016 Awards & Lecture

Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards & Lecture will feature the keynote speaker, Kyle Powys Whyte, who will address the importance resilience and justice through the lens of his collaborative research of Indigenous peoples and climate. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion with community-engaged researchers: Rosey Hunter, Jose Galarza, and Brian Codding. After the presentations, the University of Utah with community partner, Alta Ski Area will present the awards to six members of our campus community for excellence in sustainability. Join us in celebration of what sustainability means to different members of our community.

Alta Award Categories

  • Campus as a Living Lab Award: Recognizes graduate or undergraduate student who completes an outstanding project or initiative that makes the U more sustainable.
  • Sustainability Community Partnership Award: Recognizes an instructor or student who models the U’s commitment to sustainability leadership through a community research or service project.
  • Sustainability Integration Award: Recognizes an instructor (at any level) who successfully integrates sustainability education into their course(s).
  • Sustainability Research Award: Recognizes an individual (student, faculty, or staff member) who is conducting significant interdisciplinary sustainability research.

 2014-2015 Recipients 

  •  Youcan Feng, doctoral student in Civil & Environmental Engineering, won the Campus as a Living Lab Award for his work in quantifying water and energy budgets for green roofs at the University of Utah.
  • Rob Kent, doctoral student in Psychology, was awarded the community partnership honors due to his efforts to use behavior change science to improve Utah’s annual Clear the Air Challenge.
  • Communication Professor Julia Corbett was honored for her work in sustainability education, including founding the University’s first environmental communications course 18 years ago and more recently a class on communicating climate change.
  • Professor Barbara Brown, Family & Consumer Studies, was lauded for her sustainability research on healthy communities, neighborhood revitalization, and public transit.

Additional Support


The Alta Environmental Center is dedicated to promoting triple-bottom line practices that "decrease Alta Ski Area's carbon footprint by empowering the Alta Community and maintaining a healthy business."Learn more.