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September Sustainability Champion

Emma Heins was voted by the Committee on the Campus Environment as the September Sustainability Champion. This monthly award recognizes a UT facility, staff or student who exemplifies what it means to “Make Orange Green”.

Emma is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Public Health. As the Director of the SGA Environment and Sustainability committee, she helped write the bill banning plastic straws and styrofoam from campus. This bill was recently passed at the first senate session, which meets bi-weekly.

“Emma is getting her B.S. in Geology & Environmental Studies. She was selected by our [Geography] Department to be an undergrad TA teaching a lab in Geol 103 (Environmental Geology) – we only pick one per semester. She is very active in SGA E&S. She also worked for TN Clean Water Network summer of 2017 and Catawba Riverkeepers in summer 2018. (Nominee submittal).

Congratulations Emma!


Get to know more about Emma:

Campus Involvements: Executive chair of Issues Committee (Campus Events Board),
Director of Environment and Sustainability (SGA), columnist with the Daily Beacon
Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Favorite outdoor activity: Flat water kayaking
Favorite quote: “Just do the next right thing, one thing at a time” – Glennon Doyle
Favorite thing about UT: The view looking at Neyland and the hill when you’re standing in front of the Haslam Business building or seeing Smokey on campus
Dream Job: Head of the EPA

As a monthly award, we are now accepting nominations for the October Sustainability Champion. To nominate someone click the link: October Sustainability Champion.