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Green Teacher of the Year Award

Green Teacher of the Year Award
– Winners and Motivations

2016

Winner: Eve Bratman (School of International Service)

Motivation: Professor Bratman receives this award both in recognition of her long-term commitment to sustainable teaching, manifested through her seven years of earning the highest, gold level of the Green Teaching Certificate, and in recognition of her championing several campus wide sustainability initiatives. One such initiative that has received wide recognition – and a lot of buzz! – across and outside of campus is the AU Beekeeping Society, which Eve founded in 2011, and which has brought much needed awareness to the environmental issues that affect bees, while also enabling students to be involved in promoting this cause. Other initiatives include proposing a Sustainability Designation for courses taught at AU, and writing about AU’s fossil fuel divestment initiative in collaboration with students and colleagues.

 

2015

Winner: Rachel Louise Snyder (Department of Literature, CAS)
Motivation: Professor Snyder receives this award in recognition of her creativity in implementing innovative sustainability measures—in particular to reduce the use of paper—in a field that traditionally relies heavily on the use of paper, thus becoming a role model in showing that it is possible to make a difference with small adjustments in your teaching. Professor Snyder has been a certified green professor since she started teaching at American University in 2009, and has yet to accept a student assignment turned in on paper. She has also gone beyond her own classes to make AU greener, among other things by turning the Creative Writing Program’s two paper newsletters into an online magazine.  


2014

Winner: Robin Broad (School of International Service)
Motivation: Professor Broad receives this award because of her long-time commitment to teaching sustainably – she was a “green teacher” before the Green Teaching Certification program existed, and has consistently lived up to her reputation by earning top scores every year since the program’s inception in 2008. In addition, professor Broad is recognized for her commitment to not only making her courses greener, but for helping her students become “green students” as well as “green citizens,” by teaching them how to turn ideas into action, and how their actions are connected to a broader movement that extends well beyond the classroom. 


2013

Winner: Kiho Kim (CAS, Environmental Science)
Motivation: Professor Kim receives this award because in addition to participating in developing and testing the program in 2008, he has consistently not only re-certified, but increased his efforts to teach sustainably every year. Most significantly, he has pushed his students to examine the idea of sustainability on a real and personal level, by developing class projects that connect the ideals of sustainability to actions, thus greening not only his classrooms but, more importantly, his students. To give you a concrete example of the impact that one individual faculty member’s commitment to Green Teaching can have: In the last five years, Professor Kim has taught a total of 575 students. By committing to not printing the class syllabus for any of his classes, he saved an estimated ten reams of paper from this measure alone. Multiply that by 300 faculty, and by the numerous other ways in which paper can be saved, and we are saving forests at American University alone.


2012

Winner: Alex Hodges (School of Education, Teaching & Health / University Library)
Motivation: Professor Hodges receives this award because in addition to achieving a top score on the Green Teaching Certification Survey, he demonstrates a strong commitment not only to making his own classes more sustainable, but to encouraging his teacher candidate students to model green teaching initiatives in their future classrooms. 


2011

Winner: Ioanna Sakellion (CAS, Graphic Design)
Motivation: Professor Sakellion receives this award because in addition to achieving a top score on the Green Teaching Certificate Survey, she demonstrates that it is possible to integrate sustainability into the curriculum in a field where it is not common – graphic design and fine arts – thus showing that teaching courses on traditionally environmental topics is not a prerequisite for teaching about sustainability.


2010

Winner: Victoria Kiechel (School of International Service)
Motivation: Professor Kiechel receives this award in recognition of her efforts to take a relatively conventional course topic of building design and approach it from the point of view of sustainability, integrating green principles as well as practical applications of sustainable building right here on the AU campus. For example, students conducted assessments of workspaces to evaluate whether building occupants have access to views and natural light from their desks.