April 24, 2014



K-State EcoReps award ceremony today

By Ben Champion

The sustainability office is hosting a ceremony today at 11:30 a.m. at Hoffman Lounge in Justin Hall to celebrate K-State's sustainability efforts and deliver this year's EcoReps awards. Provost April Mason will recognize each of this year's awardees:

  • Impact Award: K-State Biodiesel Initiative
  • Impact Honorable Mention: Department of Civil Engineering Green Team
  • Innovation Award: Garbage to Gourmet Project
  • Innovation Honorable Mention: Solar-Powered Cart — The Student Access Center
  • Community Spirit Award: Ford Hall Environmental Reps
  • Community Spirit Honorable Mention: Tree Campus USA Initiative — Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources

In addition, the celebration will feature updates on projects funded through the Green Action Fund this year. The fund received $40,000 from the Student Governing Association's student-centered tuition enhancement fund to allocate to projects that improve K-State's sustainability performance while benefiting students. Six projects were funded this year through the Green Action Fund:

  • Solar-Powered Cart by the Student Access Center
  • Recreation Center: Bike Repair Stations and Water Bottle Refill Stations
  • Campus Creek Improvement Study
  • The Meadow: Educational Signage and Second-Year Plantings
  • Seaton Hall Green Roof: Cisterns for Water Catchment and Irrigation
  • EcoFest: Festival for Students, April 25-26

The celebration will conclude with recognition of the planning committee for the K-State 2025 Sustainability Plan. The plan has been published on the K-State 2025 website for public review and comments until May 10. Everyone is encouraged to visit the website to review the plan and submit comments and recommendations for incorporation into a final draft.

Please join us in celebrating this year's progress in sustainability at K-State.

And visit sustainability.k-state.edu to check out EcoFest and the other activities for Earth Week this week!