Nominate Student Sustainability Leaders

Know a sustainability changemaker? Submit a nomination for the Student Sustainability Leadership Award.


This University-wide prize acknowledges a graduating senior who has gone above and beyond in their commitment to sustainability at BU, including any or all of the following:

  • Service to the BU community
  • Service to the community beyond BU
  • Building awareness of sustainability on campus
  • Executing an exemplary project with a lasting impact
  • Leadership in sustainability-related student organization(s)
  • Involvement at the institutional level to affect change

Nomination Materials

Fill out our nomination form and include a supporting letter of 500 words or fewer. Explain why you’re nominating the individual and how they’ve distinguished themselves according to the criteria above. Nominations made anonymously will not be accepted.

Award Committee

The Student Sustainability Leadership Award Selection Committee is made up of five individuals including representation from the Office of the Dean of Students, faculty, BU Sustainability, and BU staff.

2021 Recipients

Aditya Jain

Aditya’s commitment to sustainability is exemplified by founding two sustainable food programs, being recognized with the 2019 Changemaker Challenge Winner by the T-Mobile Foundation, and conducting professional research within the field.

  • Worked in partnership with BU Dining to establish the FEAST Committee, a program dedicated to educating students on low-carbon diets and local solutions to food sustainability
  • Expanded the FEAST Committee to other colleges and high schools around the country, exemplifying outstanding leadership and commitment to widespread change
  • Founded 1WeekBU, encouraging students to go vegan/vegetarian for one week, with the philosophy that many small actions can add up to big change

He will further this work at Harvard Medical School, studying the relationship between climate change and public health.

Bolaji Olagbegi

Her positivity, initiative, and collaborative spirit make Bolaji an impressive leader. She continuously demonstrates her passion for environmental justice and equity and is a force that drives institutional change in her community.

  • Executive board member for Students for a Just and Stable Future, mobilizing student action for institutional change and serving as a Better Future Project Fellow
  • Served as a member of the City of Boston’s Community Choice Aggregation Working Group, working with government officials to implement clean energy initiatives
  • As a research fellow at BU, she studied green energy potential in communities in the City of Boston
  • Proposed, designed, and led a speaker series centered around environmental justice integration in the workplace

This activist is passionate about educating her peers on environmental justice and is a sought-after speaker at various New England–based events.

2020 Recipient

Julia Dayan

Julia demonstrated leadership and dedication to sustainability through internships and volunteering, and her personal actions.

  • Founding member of Epsilon Eta, BU’s first multigender Environmental Professional Fraternity
  • Played a key role in launching the Cleantech Club at BU, where she implemented ‘Cleantech Talks’, bringing cleantech entrepreneurs and industry experts to campus
  • Involved with Environmental Student Organization (ESO)

2019 Recipients

Julia Nassar

Julia has shown continued enthusiasm for, and commitment to, sustainability throughout her time at Boston University.

  • Served as president of Environmental Student Organization
  • Collaborated with ESO peers to establish the “Mug Spot” in the Questrom Starbucks to promote the use of reusable mugs in place of disposable coffee cups
  • Led the distribution of 300 labels for towel dispensers throughout campus to encourage conservation
  • Volunteered and interned with organizations including the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and P3 in New Zealand demonstrate dedication extending beyond BU to the broader world

Masha Vernik

Masha stood out as a campus leader: advocating for fossil fuel divestment, advancing a Green New Deal with Sunrise, and supporting BU’s Climate Action Plan adoption.

  • As the Earth House RA, facilitated a community of individuals with shared interests in living sustainably, fostering relationships and encouraging group projects
  • During the Merrimack Valley gas disaster, volunteered as a translator to help families in need receive necessary services.
Meet the past recipients of this prestigious award.


Student Sustainability Leader Nominations

Award Criteria The Student Sustainability Leadership Award will recognize a Boston University graduating senior who has made a significant contribution on campus for sustainability by generating awareness, implementing projects, or catalyzing new initiatives. These include the following: Service to the BU community, Service to the community beyond BU, Building awareness of sustainability on campus, Executing an exemplary project with a lasting impact, Leadership in sustainability-related student organization(s), Involvement at the institutional level to affect change