Every year, we present Selkirk College Environmental Sustainability Awards to a student and an employee who have made significant contributions to environmental sustainability.
Thank you to these students and employees for their outstanding leadership in encouraging a culture of sustainability on campus and in our community.
2020/21: Zoë Leech
Zoë Leech made significant contributions to sustainability, in particular to the on-site composting program at the Castlegar Campus. Get the full story!
2019/20: Emily Markholm
Emily Markhom has played an integral role in sustainability-related events on campus, including waste audits, trail walks, energy conservation outreach events, waste reduction campaigns, garbage clean-ups and documentary film screenings.
2018/19: Jenna Schulhof
Jenna Schulhof was involved in waste audits, outreach events, workshops, documentary film screenings and initiatives to reduce waste in campus cafeterias. She hosted an Environmental Grief session, the first of its kind at the college.
2017/18: Environmental Club
The student-based Environmental Club provided environmental outreach, picked up garbage, participated in a waste audit, hosted a workshop on making reusable beeswax food wrap, fundraised, collected tap water pledges, led a trail walk on campus, and partnered with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Nelson chapter to host a letter writing campaign, which resulted in over 50 letters to our local MPs and federal ministers expressing our concerns about issues related to climate change.
2020/21: Ron Zaitsoff
Ron has been instrumental in many sustainability projects, including the solar panels on the Castlegar Campus, the solar install at the Mir Centre for Peace, the $23 million Silver King Campus refresh, the college’s first electric vehicle and numerous upgrades to college facilities resulting in reduced energy use. Get the full story!
2019/20: Michelle Colley
Michelle has expanded the recycling options on the Trail Campus and set up a system to separate out plastics, glass, packaging and foam, which can be taken to the Trail landfill for proper recycling.
2018/19: Alison Roy
Alison has shown strong efforts when connecting students to issues of sustainability and has been instrumental in securing funding and participating the initial planning for a student greenhouse on Silver King Campus.
2017/18: Mike Giesler
Mike has been instrumental in many sustainability initiatives on campus, including the bioswales project, parking lot upgrades, interior lighting upgrades and the annual Sweater Day initiative to promote energy conservation.
The Award's Creation
Thank you to David Ringheim, an instructor in the Fine Woodworking program, for creating the beautiful awards. The wood comes from a big leaf maple that fell down in Lakeside Park in Nelson during a storm over 15 years ago. Wood from this tree has been incorporated into student projects ever since.