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Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord

A mark of dedication

The Student Office of Sustainability's Excellence in Sustainability Honors cord was created to recognize the time and energy graduating students have contributed towards making our campus a more sustainable place for future generations of Blugolds. Our green graduation cords are made from recycled plastic and ordered by the SOS each semester, ahead of commencement. Our office covers the full cost of the cords, providing award accessibility to all students.

How do I earn a cord?

To be eligible to wear the Excellence in Sustainability Honors cord, a student must have accumulated a total of 10 points or more over the course of their undergraduate career, based on the criteria listed below. We also request that applicants take the time to attend the Student Office of Sustainability banquet held the Tuesday evening before finals week, during which time they will be presented with their cords in front of campus faculty, staff, and administration.

Where do I sign up?

Students who qualify may submit their request by filling out the Qualtrics link on our website no later than April 10th. Formats such as bullet points are perfectly acceptable. If you do not qualify for a total of 10 points, but feel your contributions to campus sustainability have been substantial, please have a mentor, faculty member, or supervisor write a letter of recommendation detailing your contributions to campus sustainability and email it for consideration along with your PDF.

Sign up here

Criteria

If you only held a position for a semester, you qualify for the points in that category.

There is no maximum on points/points are stackable within each category, and add up over the course of your college career. Fulfilling 1 criteria means you get the points (for example, serving as an SOS intern and conducting research related to sustainability = 10 points. Being a active member in a sustainability/environment related club = 1 point).

Please direct any questions or comments about our criteria to SOS@uwec.edu.

Points Criteria
5

- Served as an intern/SCORE program manager or director of the Student Office of Sustainability

- Served as a Housing Sustainability or SEED Intern

        a. SEED Eco-Representatives Advisor

        b. SEED Supervisor

        c. The Just Bag It Fashion Show Intern

- Demonstrated a civic commitment to sustainability, For example:

        a. Wrote legislation regarding sustainability to be passed through the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate or another shared governance entity.

        b. Volunteering with community organizations like Citizens Climate Lobby, JONAH, etc.

        c. Worked with political campaigns holding sustainability as a pillar.

        d. Organized a demonstration related to sustainability

- Conducted research or facilitated Foster Art Gallery showings that:

        a. Have the potential to help our society become more sustainable

        b. Provided insight that could lead to solutions surrounding sustainability issues

        c. Addressed an environmental and/or public health concern.

        d. Advanced technology related to sustainability

        e. Other research or creative avenues that address the environment, equity, or sustainability

3

- Served as a voting member and regular event volunteer for the Student Office of Sustainability

- Served as an Eco-Rep within your Hall Council or SEED programmer.

- Held a position on the board for ENPH club, geography cub, or other sustainability or equity related club

- Majored in Environmental Geology, Environmental Geography, ENPH, Liberal Studies with a Sustainability focus, or other Environmentally focused major.

- Took part in an intercultural emersion trip related to sustainability or the environment (ex. Water Protectors in AIS)

Served as an Energy Auditor for the SCORE Program

2

- Served as a regular event volunteer for the Student Office of Sustainability or another sustainability related organization.

- Organized a public, sustainability event (i.e. documentary showing, educational tabling, DIY sustainable crafting, etc.)

1

Served as an active member in a sustainability/environment related club

- Minored in a sustainability related minor

- Taken part in an EAC adventure trip (Limit 1 point per year)

- Conducted a sustainability focused service-learning project or Capstone

Attended a sustainability related event (i.e. The Earth Claire Festival, a Public Library documentary showing, Ask A Scientist talk, City Council Meeting) Please specify, limit 2 per semester

- Invited SCORE energy auditors to audit your home and provide education.

- Utilized Zimride/carpooled to travel to and from the university (at least 3 times/academic yr.)

1-3

- Demonstrated personal commitment to sustainability, with plans to continue after college. For example:

        a. Regularly chose an alternative form of transportation, such as the public bus, instead of driving

        b. Adopted a low waste lifestyle within your means. 

        c. Rented or utilized a bike as your primary form of transportation

        d. etc.

(Please Elaborate and write down the points you think your contribution is worth based on overall personal commitment, impact to our campus community, and time commitment. We would love to see exciting documentation, visuals, and other creative means to communicate your passion. There will be an opportunity to submit these materials both through the application and when we contact you individually to notify you of acceptance/rejection for this honor.)

1-10

- Taken other action to create a more sustainable or equitable society.

(Please Elaborate and write down the points you think your contribution is worth based on overall personal commitment, impact to our campus community, and time commitment. We would love to see exciting documentation, visuals, and other creative means to communicate your passion. There will be an opportunity to submit these materials both through the application and when we contact you individually to notify you of acceptance/rejection for this honor.)

 

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