Category: Whole Systems Approach

The Whole Systems Approach Award is given to an institution that demonstrates the ISCN’s commitment to “embed sustainability in all aspects of the university (governance, operations, learning, research, community)”. It will recognize projects or initiatives that holistically integrate sustainability into the culture, education, research, and operations of a campus.

Winning projects will demonstrate how the initiative positively impacts the campus community, its research activities, the educational mission of the institution, and increase on- or off- campus community engagement.

Eligibility: Nominees must be an ISCN member to apply to the Whole Systems Approach category. For non-member award applications, please see Honorary Member Award.

Category: Partnerships for Progress

The Partnerships for Progress Award will recognize collaborations that uphold the ISCN’s commitment to “engage with external partners, industry, government and civil society to disseminate knowledge, research and best practices to benefit the communities in which we serve.”

Projects/Collaboration models should include the type of collaboration, a basic framework, goals, any support for the collaboration and outputs.

We are looking for innovative collaboration models that can be replicated, and those that enhance community, sustainability awareness, and reduce negative environmental impacts.

Winning projects will demonstrate an innovative collaboration model and/or project deliverable that can scale to benefit society.

Eligibility: Nominees must be an ISCN member to apply to the Partnerships for Progress category. For non-member award applications, please see Honorary Member Award.

Category: Cultural Change for Sustainability

This award is given to an institution that demonstrates the ISCN’s commitment to “create an environment that cultivates resilient, empowered, caring and engaged students, staff, and faculty who will contribute to the health of people and places.”  This award recognizes outstanding projects or campaigns contributing to the sustainable campus that instill a culture of sustainability into the university’s mission, the educational experience, the residential life, or the local community.

Eligibility: Nominees must be an ISCN member to apply for the Cultural Change for Sustainability award. For non-member award applications, please see Honorary Member Award.

Category: Honorary Member Award

This award is granted to an institution who is not a member of the ISCN but has demonstrated their commitment to the guiding principles of the ISCN, that is, that organizations of research and higher education have a unique role to play in developing the technologies, strategies, citizens, and leaders required for a more sustainable future. Projects may relate to any aspect of sustainability and higher education institutions.

Winners of the Honorary Member Award will be granted one free year of ISCN membership.

Eligibility:  Nominees must be a non-member of the ISCN to apply to the Honorary Member Award category. For ISCN member award applications, please see Award Categories.