CMU students earn 2021 Student Sustainability Leadership Award

Central Sustainability recognized for promoting sustainability on campus

| Author: Logan Pellegrom

Central Sustainability, a Central Michigan University student initiative, has been awarded a 2021 Student Sustainability Leadership Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Central Sustainability is being recognized for its work over the past two years, including developing the 2020 Central Sustainability Campus Survey Report and other data collection efforts, creating the Sustainable Purchasing Policy for CMU, helping to create and lead the CMU Earth Week Conference and several other events, creating educational resources for students and the public, and more.

Eric Urbaniak (left) and Teresa Homsi (right) holding the 2021 Student Sustainability Leadership Award
Eric Urbaniak (left) and Teresa Homsi (right) hold the 2021 Student Sustainability Leadership Award.


CMU students Teresa Homsi and Eric Urbaniak created the group in summer 2020, initially focusing their work on raising CMU's STARS rating. Since then, the group, which operates through the  Office for Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, has grown and continues to set the leadership standard for creating positive change, both on and off campus.

The AASHE Sustainability Awards honor sustainability achievements, research advancements and student leadership. The awards aim to raise the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects and pioneering research and to share innovations that inspire continued progress toward a sustainable future.

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