Green Awards: Ideas in full bloom

This year’s winners of the Western Green Awards have helped not only the university, but the entire London community, continue to turn over a new leaf when it comes to environmental sustainability.

Established in 2008, the Western Green Awards celebrate individuals and/or teams who initiate or support activities with positive environmental outcomes, encourage participation and involvement, work together with others or demonstrate an environmentally friendly effort. The purpose of the awards is to help raise awareness of sustainability at Western.

Announced Tuesday, the 2015 winners include the Hospitality Services Sustainability Team, Group Nomination category; EnviroWestern, Group Nomination category; and Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Jason Gerhard, Individual Nomination category.


Hospitality Services Sustainability Team
Gordon Robinson, Anne Zok, Janet Smith and Ruth Harland
Group Nomination category

The Western Farmers’ Market is a true celebration of food. Gone are the days where students, faculty and staff had to venture off campus to purchase our region’s finest farm-fresh produce and locally made goods like honey, jams and baked goods. The market became a weekly destination for many of the Western community where healthy foods at a reasonable price could be obtained, friends could re-connect and the local movement could be felt through interaction with the many vendors. The impact of the farmers’ market was, essentially, immeasurable.


Group Nomination category

EnviroWestern has evolved into a force for environmental change on campus. A student-run group within the University Students’ Council, EnviroWestern provides both action and advocacy for environmental issues important to students at Western.


Jason Gerhard
Civil and Environmental Engineering professor
Individual Nomination category

Jason Gerhard, the Canada Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Remediation, has been promoting sustainability and environmental issues since arriving on Western’s campus in 2007. He has fostered environmental awareness and positive outcomes toward sustainability through his teaching, research, committee work and many interdisciplinary activities on campus and in the community.