Office for Sustainability recognizes campus community members for sustainability efforts

The Office for Sustainability recently announced the winners of the third annual Case Western Reserve University Sustainability Champion Awards.

The Student Sustainability Council, Staff Advisory Council and the greater CWRU campus community nominated individuals for three awards—one each for faculty, staff and students.

Award winners were chosen based on their impact on the campus community in sustainability. Awards were presented at the Green Bag Lunch April 26.

Student award

Photo of Grace Cammarn holding certificateSenior Grace Cammarn has worked for four years to shift CWRU’s student culture to better embrace sustainability principles and lives an exemplary green lifestyle. She has served as Student Sustainability Council chair and public relations director.

Cammarn participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability program focusing on the university’s FY15 Greenhouse Gas Inventory and benchmarking report.

Cammarn, from Wadsworth, Ohio, will graduate with a double major in statistics and environmental studies and a minor in Spanish.

After graduation, she will work as a data analyst with Progressive Insurance and begin the graduate program in urban planning and development at Cleveland State University.

Staff award

Photo of Brian Gray holding certificateBrian Gray, research services team leader at Kelvin Smith Library, is an advocate and leader for CWRU’s campus garden. As chair of Garden@Case, he has coordinated annual plantings, donations of plants and seeds, and volunteers.

Additionally, he organizes the donation of harvested produce to local food pantries.

About his award, Gray said: “I am honored to receive such an award from peers at CWRU. I accept this award on behalf of all those who have helped Garden@Case. It is the group effort of the [CWRU] community that shows urban gardening has great benefits.”

Gray also is a librarian of chemical and bimolecular engineering and macromolecular science and engineering.

Learn more about Garden@Case.

Faculty award

Photo of Narcisz Fejes holding certificateNarcisz Fejes, a SAGES fellow, has been instrumental in facilitating CWRU’s annual Food Week. She provides global and local food systems inspiration and education to students and the CWRU community. Fejes also is the faculty advisor of CWRU’s Food Recovery Network. She is the co-editor of the recent book Queer Visibility in Post-socialist Cultures with Andrea P. Balogh.

To learn about past award recipients or to nominate someone for next year’s awards, visit the Office for Sustainability’s Champions page at case.edu/sustainability/whatyoucando/sustainability-champions/.