About Rhodes University Environmental Awards



RU Environmental Award winners work hard to promote environmental awareness, they have a genuine passion for environmental sustainability, and their consistent and meaningful activities make a real difference!

Anyone can nominate themselves or another person or group for an Environmental Award – including RU academic and administrative/service staff (individual and group), students (individual and group), and individuals or organisations in the Makana community.

PREVIOUS award winners: Honours Roll


Environmental awards nomination form 2019 - closing date for nominations and applications to the RU Environmental Awards Panel is on or before 8 August.


Rhodes University academic and administrative/service staff (individual and group) and students (individual and group) are eligible for nomination (three categories). From 2013, individuals or organisations in the Makana community are also eligible for nomination (one category).


A total of four categories will be considered for annual awards:

  • RU department or institute or section (within division) 
  • RU student society or residence 
  • RU individual (staff or student)
  • Makana community (non-RU individual or organisation).

Note: the Environmental Awards Panel reserves the right not to issue an award where no significant achievement is deemed to be evident.


Nominations should be based on tangible evidence of meeting the following criteria:

  1. Good sustainability practice: There is tangible evidence of how the nominee’s practices embrace the principles of the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy and thus reflect a social-ecological interpretation of sustainability.

  2. Track record: There is tangible evidence of how the nominee’s practices have been implemented for the last 18 months, or longer.

  3. Participation, inspiration and empowerment: There is tangible evidence of how the nominee’s practices are educative and can be replicated, and/or include consistent and effective involvement of peers and/or community members; includes the number of people involved in planning and making decisions.

  4. Innovative: There is tangible evidence of how the nominee’s practices are doing more than what is required by law or duty, and are promoting new ‘green’ technologies.

  5. Continuity: There is tangible evidence of strategies and guarantees that have been put in place by the nominee to ensure that the practices will continue to be implemented.


    • Sustainability means living within the limits of what natural ecosystems can provide, so that other people and future generations can also have access to these resources.

    • Social-ecological perspective of sustainability recognises the interconnectedness of the human social world and natural ecosystems: our ability to lead a good life - and have clean air, drinkable water and healthy food, as well as opportunities to learn, generate income, and live in a peaceful and just society - is intimately linked to the way in which we relate to and care for the natural world.

    • Tangible evidence means that something real can be seen, and there is real proof of its (positive) effects.

    • The panel of judges reserves the right to not issue an award where no significant achievement is found to be evident.

    • Research-related scholarly activities are not considered - these receive recognition through the VC’s Research Awards.


The Environmental Award Nomination should include the following (on page 1 and 2 of the Environmental awards nomination form 2019):

A. Category (individual / RU student society or residence / RU department or institute / Makana community)

B. Applicant / Nominee Details

C. Nominator Details (if different from nominee)

D. Referee Details (contact details of 3 respected members of the community or RU)

E. Motivation (responding to each of the 5 nomination criteria, plus a brief summary, and preferably also annotated photos). 

Submit nomination on or before 8 August to RU Environmental Committee - on environment(at)ru.ac.za


Recipients of the awards will be announced at a celebratory Environmental Award Ceremony in September (Tuesday 24/09/2019). Recognition takes the form of:

  • Presentation of an Environmental Awards Certificate by the Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor;
  • Inscription on a uniquely designed Floating Trophy which will be kept on display at Rhodes University;
  • Listing on the Environmental Awards Honours Roll in the Rhodes University Library;
  • Listing in the Rhodes University graduation booklet. 

The RU Environmental Awards system will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Submissions and queries should be sent to environment(at)ru.ac.za


Environmental Awards Working Group

Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)ru.ac.za

Last Modified: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:34:54 SAST