October 01, 2013

Students receive sustainability project travel funds

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Sustainability Council at Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently approved the inaugural Sustainability Travel Awards.

The awards assist students defray costs of attending conferences where sustainability is the major focus.  The council will present up to $7,000 in grants each scholastic year with individual awards of up to $1,000.  There was $4,250 in grants given out for the fall 2013 semester.  A total of $2,750 in grant funding remains for spring 2014 semester travel awards.

Award recipients, the funds granted and the conference each will be attend include:

  • Janet Donoghue, a speech communication doctoral student, and Brent Ritzel, a public administration master’s student received $680 to attend the Society for Environmental Journalists Conference, Oct. 2-6, in Chattanooga, Tenn
  • Roy Buck and Tyler Kashdan, both master’s degree students in advanced energy and fuels management, received $860, and Kim Jarosz, a senior civil engineering major, received $650 to attend the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Oct. 6-9, in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Eric Wilber, a third year law student, is receiving $1,000 to attend the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources Law Conference, Oct. 9-12, in Baltimore, Md.
  • David Schau, a senior majoring in technical resource management, will receive $300 to attend the Solar Power International Conference, Oct. 21-24, in Chicago.
  • Santosh Rijal, a doctoral student in environmental resources and policy, will receive $760 for the Sustainable World Conference, Nov. 3-6, in Miami. 

More information about the Sustainability Travel Awards is available at www.sustainability.siu.edu or by email at sustainability@siu.edu