The office of the Dean congratulates the winner of the CAPPA Student Sustainability Awards!
The committee received four graduate entries for CAPPA’s first Student Sustainability Awards and reached a consensus that the winning design project is “Greenland: Agriculture as a Driver of Independence” by Sindi Malelli. The committee felt that this was an explicit exploration of an idea whose narrative and images made the project comprehensible to all committee members. A site- and climate-specific project, it was innovative in its multilevel approach, making connections between Greenland’s dependence upon imported food and how responding to the increase in arable land due to a warming climate can change this dependence. A circular design incorporating modules for vertical hydroponic farming, producing wash areas, producing storage, teaching kitchen, classroom, and the local market was presented as a flexible template that could be replicated.
We wish to thank those undergraduate students who submitted entries for CAPPA’s first Student Sustainability Awards. Unfortunately, the committee received too few entries that met the minimal requirements and felt that this did not constitute a competitive pool. For that reason, the committee has decided not to issue an award this year. Nonetheless, feedback will be provided to the applicants and encourage them to re-apply next year. Students are encouraged to begin identifying projects for next year’s awards, while engaging with their faculty project advisor to review their application materials. The criteria for the awards are available below.
In preparation for next year’s Sustainability Awards, a workshop about creating a strong submission will be developed and made available to all students. Stay tuned for more details.
We wish to thank the committee for their work in reviewing the undergraduate and graduate submissions: Narjes Abbasabadi (Architecture), Ardeshir Anjomani (Planning), Douglas Klahr (Dean’s Office), Taner Ozdil (Landscape Architecture), and Jiwon Suh (Public Affairs)