Awards and Recognition

Discover the acknowledgment and appreciation you deserve for making a positive impact on our university's sustainability journey. Your hard work and dedication are not only recognized but celebrated. Explore how we honor those who are leading the charge towards a more sustainable future.

Join us in recognizing excellence, fostering positive change, and inspiring the collective effort towards a greener, more sustainable campus and community.


Sustainability-affiliated awards:

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Principal's Staff Award (Sustainability/Green Initiatives)

The Sustainability Category in the Principal's Staff Awards acknowledges teams and individuals for their significant and positive impact on UTM campus sustainability. This includes active conservation of natural resources, promoting biodiversity, raising awareness for sustainable behavior, and fostering a campus culture of sustainability.

  • 2022-2023 Winner(s)

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Anna Maria Reale (left), Carla DeMarco (right), Sarah Chapple (photo not available)

In 2022, the Sustainability Office launched the Sustainable Office Program, one of five key areas within the Sustainable Change Programs series, which involved self-assessment checklists designed to engage and empower students, staff, and faculty.  

Upon its launch, Chapple, DeMarco, and Reale hit the ground running by signing up as co-team leads and undertaking several initiatives to move the campaign along.

To learn more about the award winners and their contributions, click here








Sustainable Action Award

The Sustainable Action Awards acknowledge individuals and teams fostering sustainability at the University of Toronto, aligning with U of T's commitment to global sustainability. The evaluation considers measurable contributions across various dimensions of sustainability (social, economic, and environment) as per the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

  • 2022-2023 Winner(s) 

Category: Employee Group 

Wei-Ting (UTM Environmental Health & Safety Manager), and Justin Lee (Senior Electrical Engineer) stepped up and volunteered as UTM's Team Co-lead's for their Sustainable Office program. In the short time they have been Team Leads, they have reviewed the checklist and created an action plan for the FMP office. 

Some of the initiatives already underway include: removing individual waste bins from desks and office spaces, removing single-use coffee pods in the kitchen and replacing them with re-usable pods, and creating an FMP buy-and-sell page on MS Teams for staff to trade everything from books to kids' clothes. 


Congratulations to all award winners! Your remarkable contributions to the university and sustainability have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for inspiring positive change. Let's continue making an impact together – students and staff alike!