Honoring sustainability innovators

By Dena Smith | Emory Report | Oct. 9, 2012

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Award recipients were honored at the 2012 Sustainable Food Fair. Emory Photo/Video.

Sustainable and locally grown goods weren’t the only highlight of the recent Sustainable Food Fair. The Cox Hall Bridge also became the stage for the 2012 Sustainability Innovator Awards.

The Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards are given to students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of Emory Healthcare who go above and beyond expectations in making sustainable contributions to the Emory community.

The 2012 awardees are:

Juliette Apkarian, associate professor and chair of Emory’s Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Department. Apkarian leads the Piedmont Project TATTO, a training workshop that highlights ways graduate students can integrate sustainability with disciplinary teaching opportunities.

Paul Bredderman, an associate director of the Career Center.  In 2010, Bredderman created the Green Networking Night to give Emory students an opportunity to meet local professionals from a variety of sustainability-related careers. Thanks to his hard work and innovation, the Green Networking Night is now an annual event held each November. 

Cassandra Gonzalez, a senior in Emory College majoring in sociology.  Gonzalez manages the Green Bean Coffee Cart, is editor of the sustainability magazine Generation Response and co-founder of Emory Vegans and Vegetarians. Gonzalez also helped organize this year’s Sustainable Food Fair.  This summer she interned at Global Growers, a local organization that promotes organic farming within Atlanta’s refugee community.

Rex Hardaway, director of contract administration, and Loetta King, senior director of procurement and contract administration. Hardaway and King engaged the services of an environmental contractor, TruCost, to analyze the carbon footprint of Emory suppliers. The data collected from this research will be essential information to achieve carbon reduction goals in Emory's Climate Action Plan and will help the University make educated, sustainable purchasing decisions in the future.

Searless Hathaway, a safety preparedness manager at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Hathaway has gone above and beyond to be sure that some of the waste from the hospital is diverted from the landfill for more sustainable uses. As a result, more used medical equipment has been donated to nonprofit partner MedShare than in the past, surplus furniture has been repurposed and reused, and electronic waste has been used for parts or recycled.