The Campus Sustainability Leaders Awards recognize outstanding individuals and groups for their efforts to build a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable world. These winners are leading the way in how the University of Alberta operates, the services we provide, the way we teach, and strengthening the fabric of campus life. 

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Campus Sustainability Leaders Awards! If you, or someone you know, is furthering sustainability by contributing to any of the SDGs, nominate them to win a Campus Sustainability Leaders Award. Submit your nomination before January 22, 2024.

Nominating someone has never been easier! Here are the steps:

  1. Review the fields to complete in the Google Form (listed here for your convenience):
    1. Nominator’s information
    2. Nominee’s information
    3. Sustainability impact of the nominee, in terms of how they have contributed to any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the University of Alberta campus community. (FYI, 1500 characters will be somewhere between 214 words and 375 words.)
    4. Reasons why the nominee deserves the award
    5. Leadership impact of the nominee, in terms of how they influence their community and others 
  2. Draft your nomination description! 
  3. Fill out the Google Form, and submit it!

This year, we are continuing to present one of the university’s outstanding students with the Michael Rawson Clark award, in commemoration of the late sustainability champion. New this year, the award winner will receive $500! Learn more about Michael’s contributions to campus sustainability here.

2023 Awards Winners


The 2023 Michael Rawson Clark Award winners were:

  • Aimal Mir - Third-year biology major and Certificate in Sustainability student.
  • Simran Dhillon - Fifth-year psychology major.
  • Stephanie Chute-Ibsen - PhD student in Land Reclamation and Remediation.

Other award winners were two faculty members and one postdoctoral fellow:

  • Dr. Rachel McQueen - Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Department.
  • Dr. Serge Nader - Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Science - Chemistry.
  • Dr. Ying Hei Chui - Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Winners’ Spotlight

Meet some of the individuals who previously won a Campus Sustainability Leaders Award, whose exceptional accomplishments are the foundation for the University of Alberta's gold reputation in sustainability.

Neelakshi Joshi

Postdoctoral fellow Neelakshi Joshi shares her roots in green architecture and how she is helping Edmonton's community leagues become climate resilient.

Sourayan Mookerjea

University of Alberta sociologist Sourayan Mookerjea shares his approach to research-creation and what he learned about sustainability from a recent project.

Laurie Adkin

Find out what inspired University of Alberta political scientist Laurie Adkin to start her groundbreaking research into popular movements and environmentalism.