NAU’s sustainability leaders: students, organizations and others who are making a difference

Sustainability award ceremony winner.

NAU’s sustainability leaders: students, organizations and others who are making a difference 

On Friday, NAU’s Office of Sustainability held its 12th annual Sustainability Leadership Awards ceremony. Since 2012, the office has conferred more than 100 awards to individuals and organizations dedicated to making campus a more sustainable place. About 60 attendees gathered to honor this year’s 16 winners.  

The top three undergraduate and graduate students received a cash prize from the Henry O. Hooper Sustainability Fund in recognition of their significant contributions toward finding solutions for sustainability challenges on campus or in northern Arizona.  

Undergraduate student winners: 

  • Olive Dunn  
  • Ellie Pierce  
  • Cory Tompkins  

Graduate student winners: 

  • Megan McQuinn 
  • Kelly Pellegrino 
  • McKenna Bean 

Green Fund project winner: 

  • Quantifying Financed Emissions at NAU: A Novel Data-based Approach to the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement by Brandon McNamara, Ph.D. student in earth science and environmental sustainability and associate director of Carbon Accounting Reporting and Management Lab (CARML) 

NAU on-campus project/organization:  


Flagstaff community project or organization: 

  • Arizona Climate Resilience Corps (AZCRC) 

Sustainability Hero: 

  • Taylor Rice, program manager for Enrollment Management 
  • John Fegyveresi, assistant professor of practice for the School of Earth and Sustainability 
  • Josh Spear, facilities and maintenance director for Facility Services 
  • Ross Priehs, greenhouse gas accounting consultant for CARML 
  • Torrie Smith, resident district manager for Sodexo 
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