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Awards and Honors

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!)

  • Sigma XI Scientific Research Society

Jeffrey Hatzel was nominated to the Sigma Xi Honor Society. It is a national honor society of scientists and engineers who are elected to the society because of their research achievements and potential. Membership in Sigma Xi demonstrates excellence as a researcher and commitment to scientific research.


Working with ENVS Department Chair Susan Allen-Gil, Jeffrey has conducted research into how atrazine, the world's most widely applied herbicide, affects reproduction in the fathead minnow. On a slightly bigger scale, he has participated in a study conducted by the Biology Department’s Leann Kanda to evaluate the effects of habitat fragmentation on a Lansing NY muskrat population. Congratulations, Jeffrey!


  • 2011
    • Hatzel, J. et al. Department of Environmental of Environmental Studies and Sciences. The Effects of Atrazine on Sperm Tail Length and Head Radius in the Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas). Paper submitted to the Proceedings of The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 31-April 2, 2011.  Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850 USA.
  • 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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