Sustainability Council honors student leaders with a tree planting

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As has become an Earth Week tradition, the Student Sustainability Council selected student leaders to be recognized as Student Sustainability Leadership Tree Award recipients.

The Tree Award, now in its sixth year, honors students who are making a difference in sustainability leadership both at Penn State and in the local community. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, and individuals can be nominated by Penn State faculty, staff or fellow students. Those interested may also nominate themselves.

This year’s recipients, Olivia Rothseid and Madeline Nyblade, were recognized on April 21 in a tree-planting ceremony at MorningStar Solar Home, a 100 percent renewable-energy powered home on Penn State’s campus.

Rothseid, a senior studying biobehavioral health, was nominated for her work as THON OPPerations Director for THON 2017 and OPPerations Captain in 2016 and 2015. In addition to coordinating 770 volunteers in the preparation for and duration of THON, she also oversaw THON’s Zero-Waste commitment as captain in 2016 and then as a director in 2017.

In her years of involvement, Rothseid has transitioned the THON 5K and Family Carnival into zero-waste events. For THON weekend, her planning and implementation of a recycling program increased recycling from 18 percent in 2015 to more than 35 percent for the 2017 event.

Nyblade, a junior studying geoscience and minoring in international agriculture, was nominated for her leadership and vision as an environmental and social justice advocate in her roles in multiple student organizations, including Fossil Free PSU and Eco-Action. She has demonstrated leadership by bringing together executive board members and club members from numerous sustainability and environmental organizations to share ideas and resources and develop a stronger network of partnerships between organizations with similar interests and goals.

Nyblade is actively building relationships between these organizations by hosting informational panels about campus and community organizing, as well as coordinating busses for over 150 Penn State students, faculty and staff to attend the March for Science and People’s Climate March events happening in late April.  

For more information on the Student Sustainability Advisory Council, visit their website.

Last Updated April 27, 2017