The 2021 Undergraduate Sustainability Award is a collaboration between the UMass Amherst Libraries and Lillian Kurina ’21, a Natural Resource Conservation major and part of the Waste and Recycling Fellowship through the Physical Plant. For her semester project, Lillian developed the concept of the 2021 Sustainability Award focusing on art to inspire UMass Amherst undergraduates of all backgrounds to reflect on their relationship to the environment and how they experience climate change.
Five awards will be given in the form of $700 scholarships.
See winning submissions of previous student awards in the Sustainability Student Showcase on ScholarWorks, the University’s digital repository: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/sustainableumass_studentshowcase/.
For information about the award, contact Lillian Kurina firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the Libraries role, contact Madeleine Charney email@example.com
Diversity of age, ability, race, religion, gender, social class, educational background is welcome
Any type of art, submitted via video of up to 5 minutes (e.g painting, dance, sculpture, textile, poetry). If your art is an actual video, any length is accepted.
Art that reflects the student’s relationship to sustainability and the environment.
By 11:59pm March 12 - Complete this application of intent (art does not have to be completed until April 9)
By 11:59pm April 9 - Submit a video (up to 5 minutes) showing your art project and a short essay (up to 250 words) describing the project and meaning to the artist
Each participant will receive a Box folder link for submitting their video (up to 5 minutes) and essay (up to 250 words).
Interviews with Lillian (optional) will take place as submissions are received
Earth Day, April 22 - Notification of awards
Reception to celebrate winners, April 29 5:30-6:00pm - Watch here for ZOOM LINK
The following criteria will be used for evaluating the art project submissions:
1) Effect for sustainability change or broader sustainability awareness/appreciation (environmental, social, and/or economic)
3) Essay (up to 250 words) describing the project and meaning to the artist
Lillian Kurina, Natural Resources Conservation student
Lauren Weiss, Office of Communications, Libraries
Madeleine Charney, Research Services, Libraries