“The great challenge of the twenty-first century is to raise people everywhere to a decent standard of living while preserving as much of the rest of life as possible.”

—Edmund O Wilson

The Loyola University Community Engagement Award for Sustainability is given to the student who participated in a service-learning or academic internship course and who most clearly represents the university’s values of creating sustainable opportunities, attitudes, and habits in society.

The Innovation in Sustainability Award is presented to the student whose work and reflections clearly addresses questions of sustainability in their service-learning experience or academic internship: How does the experience build and support sustainable practices, attitudes and habits in our local and global communities?

The following criteria will guide selection for the Innovation in Sustainability Award:

  • The student nominee made clear, consistent, and cogent connections between course content, the engaged learning experience, and prevailing sustainability issues.

  • The student nominee had an important role in a project that sought to contribute to sustainability of the community in some way and met or exceeded expectations for a student volunteer in the project.

  • The project participates in and/or builds capacity of a partner organization to develop or strengthen sustainable practices.

Nominations for the Community Engagement Award for Sustainability are due by Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT and may be completed below. Nominations may be submitted by a faculty member or community partner organization. Upon receipt of the initial nomination, the student nominee and faculty member/community partner (the individual not submitting the initial nomination) will be asked to submit additional information about the student’s experience.

Nominations can be submitted here.

2021 Recipient

Clara Lutz

"[Clara] stepped into a servant-leadership role in the community, never dictating how things should be done but instead attending all (ALL) the meetings and listening to people's hopes and goals, then doing the on-the-ground grunt work to make it happen. I was so proud of her. She is continuing to work on this project even though she has completed the capstone and earned her "A" and is now planning a life of social justice activism."

 -Sasha Adkins, Lecturer, School of Environmental Sustainability