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May Sustainability Champion: Abby Bower

Abby Bower was voted by the Committee on the Campus Environment as the May Sustainability Champion. Abby recently graduated from UT, where she majored in Journalism and Electronic Media, with minors in Environmental Studies and Business Administration. In her time at UT, Abby was the Public Relations Coordinator for UT Recycling.

As Public Relations Coordinator, Abby went above and beyond what her position requires. For example, she regularly volunteered with UT Recycling in her own time while off the clock. She was always a happy, helping hand when volunteering for waste audits and waste station supervision at Earth Fest. Abby also maintained the UT Recycling website, and curated and wrote their newsletter- “The Loop”. She worked hard to create informative content that is sent out to faculty, staff, students, and other community members.

Utilizing her skills in video production, she recently created a video for their website highlighting the Public Recycling Drop-Off, making it easier for visitors to learn more about the Drop-Off. In the new developments of Recycling and Sustainability merging, Abby has been a key player in the restructuring of the website and social media, wanting to make sure that visitors can easily access the pages and information they need.

“She is an exceptional employee, and passionate about spreading the message of recycling and sustainability to everyone she encounters. Abby goes above and beyond to make UT Recycling’s presence on campus well-known! She has been the person working to promote their events. Abby is one of UT Recycling’s most dedicated student workers.”

-Nominee Submittal

Congratulations Abby!

Abby Bower

Learn more about Abby:

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking and gardening
Favorite Quote: “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” – Maya Angelou, Human Family
Favorite thing about UT: I love the variety of people at UT and how easy it can be to find classes or student organizations that focus on anything that interests you.
Dream Job: Making documentary films about the environment


As a monthly award, we are now accepting nominations for our June Sustainability Champion. Nominations must be submitted by June 21st on the Sustainability Champion webpage.