GreenPace Award

Background and Criteria

The GreenPace Award recognizes faculty, staff and students (individuals, units, departments and/or organizations) who develop innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. These practices can cover many aspects of sustainability including, but not limited to, energy and water; recycling and waste reduction; transportation; dining services; purchasing; green building and landscaping; and campus culture and academics.  In addition, any programs, research, course creation, or other initiatives that help Pace fulfill STARS credits are eligible for award nomination.  STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is a comprehensive self-reporting tool, a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which helps guide Pace to meeting its goals for sustainability university-wide.

Nominees must be part of the Pace community. They may be any individual, such as students, staff, faculty, or administrators, or be any department, organization, unit, or other non-individual entity at Pace.

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Nomination Process
Please complete the online Nomination Form to make a nomination for a GreenPace Award. Upon review of the submission, a notification will be sent to the Review Committee, the nominator, and the nominee.  All entries will be reviewed and awards announced each Spring.


GreenPace Award Recipients

Since 2010, GreenPace has awarded the GreenPace Award each spring to publicly recognize individuals, departments or student organizations that are making a difference at Pace, who develop innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices.

The 2019 GreenPace Award recipients:

NYC Counseling Center staff left to right: Maisem Jaloudi, Office Coordinator; Regina Hund, Assistant Director/Director of Training; Faedra Dagirmanjian, Staff Psychologist; Yesel Yoon, Staff Psychologist; Richard Shadick, Director; Ashley Sanguinetti, Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services; Malina Persaud, Accommodations Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services.

Richard Shadick
Director, Counseling Center, New York City

"Dr. Shadick demonstrates both in his words and actions that he values green sustainability initiatives both in his personal and professional life. He encourages the Counseling Center staff to take actions such as recycling, mindfully using electricity, limiting use of paper goods, and highlighting actions made by any of the staff throughout the year. The annual tradition at the Counseling Center is the "Green Team Challenge" when, during the month of April, everyone can submit in a form what types of sustainable actions they take, and a judge rates participants according to a pre-set scoring system and provides recognition in the form of prizes and honorable mentions. This is a very fun yet impactful program that we love to participate in, and Dr. Shadick heads this every year with great enthusiasm." 

Pace Law Environmental Program
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

"The Pace Environmental Law Program led the charge to make Pace's White Plains campus one of the greenest in the region and nearly eliminate the use of plastic in its cafeteria and other areas of campus. Beginning last fall, the Law School instituted use of paper straws instead of plastic and students now use china and metal flatware in the cafeteria. At all of its programs, the school does not use paper or plastic products and provides water-filled bubblers rather than individual plastic water bottles. The Law School also now uses new energy efficient dishwashers to reduce the amount of water used by the school and new trash and recycling bins have also been installed with clearly marked components. The Law School’s work to make the campus more sustainable has been commended by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Riverkeeper, among others." 

Carly Sheinberg
Environmental Studies Major, New York City

"Carly Sheinberg has been a leader in student-led sustainability efforts at Pace University since 2016. She was a founding member of the Pace Sustainability Initiative - a student organization that now has over 160 members. Last fall, Carly and two other students volunteered their time to give recycling trainings to incoming first-year students at Pace, reaching out to professors to come into UNV101 classes throughout the semester. While at Pace Carly has continuously played the role of a collaborator and link between different people and groups. She has met with Pace administration to discuss sustainability issues, helped students take action to make change, and engaged with environmental organizations beyond the Pace campus. Carly has additionally contributed to other environmental organizations, including the Red Hook Added Value garden in Brooklyn, GrowNYC, Stone Barns in Westchester County, and EarthMatters."

Pace Sustainability Initiative
Student Organization, New York City

[PSI is the first to receive an award two years in a row. They were 2018 recipients as well.] The Pace Sustainability Initiative officially formed at the start of 2018 and now is one of the largest student organizations at Pace with over 160 registered members. The organization is very active and has organized dozens of meetings, events, and proposals over the past year. Some examples of events were: a Climate Policy and Storytelling Workshop which covered carbon pricing basics, current climate bills in New York State, and training on how to meet with elected officials; and a Green New Deal Town Hall, for which PSI partnered with the Sunrise Movement in an interactive town hall meeting to learn about the ambition, opportunity, and promise of the Green New Deal. Additional regular events include weekly group compost walks where students bring their organic food waste to the GrowNYC Greenmarket at Battery Park, environmental documentary film screenings, local tree stewardship, and efforts to improve waste management on the NYC campus (recycling, composting, and e-waste). The students have also developed detailed proposals for the development of a green roof on 1 Pace Plaza, increase vegetarian and vegan options at the NYC campus cafeteria, and to reduce plastic waste across campus.

See previous winners of the GreenPace Awards

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