BUFFALO, N.Y. — Scarcely a year into its existence, the Environmental Affairs Department of the University at Buffalo Undergraduate Student Association (SA) has been awarded the 2011 Good Going Award for Best Earth Day Outreach for an Organization.
The Good Going Awards — the result of a collaboration between the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), Ecology and Environment Inc., and other local partners — recognize local organizations for outstanding sustainability outreach efforts.
The awards are part of the Fourth Annual Buffalo Niagara Earth Day Celebration, which aims to expand awareness of environmental and sustainable transportation efforts in Western New York.
“Buffalo Niagara Earth Day has become more grass roots in the past four years,” says Rachel Smith, an environmental specialist with Ecology and Environment Inc. who helps administer the awards. “Where before it was larger organizations doing good things for the Earth, now it’s transferred to awardees like the Student Association, which is getting students out and active. What UB’s Student Association has done is so interactive,” she says. “I hope students will be inspired to continue what they learned outside of Earth Week.”
Previous winners of the award include the Hyatt Regency, Rich Products and Community Action Organization.
Smith adds that the efforts of SA’s Environmental Affairs Department have inspired other community organizations and campuses to educate students on ways to get involved with sustainability projects.