About Rhodes University Environmental Awards


Rewarding practices that promote sustainability

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

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).

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.

The Environmental Award Nomination should include:

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

B. Applicant / Nominee Details

C. Nominator Details 

D. Referee Details 

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

Recipients of the awards will be announced at a celebratory Environmental Award Ceremony in September  

Submission date: First week of August
Submission addressed: RU Environmental Awards Panel
Email: environment@ru.ac.za

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

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