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 Awards and Honors


  • Distinguished Ithaca College Scholar, Sandra Steingraber Receives Heinz Family Foundation National Award in September 2011
    • The Heinz Family Foundation has named scientist and author Sandra Steingraber as one of 10 recipients of the Heinz Award, given for significant achievements benefiting the environment. A Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Steingraber has dedicated her career to shedding light on the links between cancer and environmental contamination. The award carries with it an unrestricted $100,000 cash prize. “Dr. Steingraber brings attention to the effects of chemical contaminants on human health,” said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. “Through her personal story, writings and public speaking, she powerfully communicates the environmental links to cancer and other health problems and points us to meaningful ways to address these challenges.”  Heralded by the Sierra Club as “the new Rachel Carson,” Steingraber has testified before the President’s Cancer Panel and the European Parliament and participated in briefings for members of Congress and United Nations delegates. Her honors include the Rachel Carson Leadership Award from Carson’s alma mater, Chatham College; the Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund; and the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.  In addition to the cash award, recipients are presented with a medallion inscribed with the image of Senator Heinz on one side and a rendering of a globe passing between two hands on the other. The Heinz Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on November 15.


  • AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability on Campus and Beyond

    • Sarah Brylinsky (E.Studies Minor, Class of '09) was awarded the Student Sustainability Achievement Award for her leadership in educating fellow students about sustainability. 

      As Resident Assistant of the Sustainably Conscious Living Community, Sarah created new programs that boosted popularity of the Community and increased the number of applications from less than 15 in previous years to over 140.  Her efforts to catalyze student interest in sustainble living prompted Residential Life to require sustainability training for all of IC's Resident Assistants, training which she designed and implemented herself.  To increase conscious dorm-living even further, she designed twelve sustainability-focused residential-hall programs, and training materials so that any RA might hold the programs themselves. She is working with Residential Life to retrofit dorms with energy efficient lighting, water saving measures, in-house composting, community dining space, and shared organic gardens, and creating an apartment-style sustainable living option for upper-classmen. Sarah also coordinated a new program for first-year students called "The Sustainable Community Challengers" which connects new residents to importance environmental and civic hotspots in the Ithaca community. 

      While acting as the Ithaca College Sustainability Intern, Sarah created a series of online resources such as an eco-events calendar and 24hr peer question-and-answer service to help students learn about IC's sustainability efforts and numerous opportunities to get involved. She was the first undergraduate to apply for and receive a Sustainable Curriculum Grant, with which she created the College's first communications course on sustainability: Strategic Sustainability in Communication. She is also developing IC's first course combining women's studies and environmental issues: Ecofeminism: Violent Progress and Ecological Beginnings.

    • Professor Michael Smith (History, ESP) and three ESP students were invited to present on their projects with Local Environmental History.  (Check out the Student Presentations section for more information on the history of this work!)


  • 2008
    • Brylinsky, S. and Allen-Gil, S. 2008. (IN PRESS). Learning by Doing: The University as a Curricular Tool for Sustainability and Environmental Security. Paper submitted to the NATO Sponsored Advanced Research Workshop, Rethinking Higher Education to Meet the New Challenges of Environmental Security Kharkiv, May 21-25, 2008. In Addressing Global Environmental Security Through Innovative Educational Curricula, eds. Susan Allen-Gil and Olena Borysova. IN PRESS. Springer.

  • 2004-2006
    • Confer, J. L., T. Hauck (Environmental Studies, ’04, M. E. Silvia (Environmental Studies, ’04, V. Frary (Environmental Studies, ’04). In press. Managing Rights-of Way Shrublands for the Avian Community. In Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management, Seventh International Symposium (J. W. Goodrich-Mahoney,Ed.). Electric Power Research Institute, Washington, D.C.
    • Confer, J. L., Matt Podolsky, Juliana Quant. 2006. Shrubland habitat restoration in contiguous forest: Win-Win management for biodiversity.  In preparation for The Kingbird, the state ornithological journal.


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