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Karin Kruger

Karin Kruger has worked diligently, above and beyond the call of her duties, to establish and maintain an effective recycling program in the English Language Program facilities in the rice building. She has developed recycling-related educational material for students and staff, personally sorts recycling for pick-up, and acts as a strong advocate for recycling and composting in her office.

Karin is also an active member of the campus sustainability council and of the council's materials conservation working group. Karin's unsolicited championing of environmentally responsible office practices and her support of the university's sustainability work sets a positive example for university faculty and staff.

The University of Winnipeg established two awards - one for students and one for faculty or staff - in January 2009 to recognize meritorious contributions to campus sustainability. The student award is granted annually at Spring Convocation, while the faculty or staff award is granted in the fall.

To be consistent with principles of promoting sustainability, the award is primarily honorary in nature rather than incurring consumption of new resources. University woodworkers are creating a permanent plaque from materials recovered from university buildings, which will be fitted with small engraved name plates to memorialize recipients of the award.

The plaque will be positioned in the new Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex when it is completed in 2011.

The recipients are selected annually by the campus sustainability recognition awards committee.