Green Coug Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 Green Cougar Award Winners!

Environmental Leadership-

Amanda Stahl


Amanda works closely with non-profit organizations and farmers to promote eco-friendly management of rivers and streams, and to mitigate tensions experienced during efforts to implement regulations on private property in the Palouse region.

  • Received grant for Voluntary Stewardship Program
  • Leads K-12 environmental programs

Organic Compost Registration-

Emily Barber

Dr. Lynn Carpenter-Boggs

Rick Finch

Bradley Jaeckel

Kenneth Twitchell

Collaborated to achieve a WSU Organic Compost registration and currently use compost at the Eggert Family Organic Farm.

  • Clean-up compost feedstock
  • Received funding for undergraduate intern position
  • Created local source of compost for Eggert Family Organic Farm

Waste Reduction-

Jennifer Beyer

Laila Reimanis


Jennifer and Laila recognized an opportunity to reduce landfilling by decreasing the amount of take-out containers used at dining centers.  Due to their energy and willingness to work with staff, the OZZI system will be piloted in the upcoming academic year.  The OZZI system is a reusable take-out container system where containers are returned at a machine, washed, then ready to use again.


Food Recovery and Security-

Tyler Parchem

Lindsay Schilperoort


Tyler and Lindsay have been proactive in bringing “Leftover Textover” to WSU.  A food security program that alerts students via a text message when there is leftover food from WSU catered events.  They have collaborated with various campus stakeholders to gain approval and the program with be piloted in the upcoming academic year.

Environmental Leadership-

Kayla Wakulich


Kayla Wakulich displays environmental leadership through research, community projects, and outreach.

  • Restoration, Missouri Flat Creek
  • Designed environmental stewardship tools for K-12 schools
  • Created community partnerships throughout the Palouse

Environmental Leadership-

Kathryn “KJ” Fitzgerald


KJ’s ideas and leadership show commitment to improving Pullman through action and collaboration

  • Volunteered with the Outdoor Recreation Center to cleanup Granite Point
  • Prompted effort to begin composting on Greek Row
  • Planned and hosted “Bees and Trees” Project creating a pollinator pathway in the Pullman community

Green Cougs are sustainable and you can be too.

What are the Green Coug Awards?

These awards take the time to appreciate the hard work that you do to maintain a clean and healthy campus for the students of today and tomorrow. Green Cougs are always innovating to make our campuses more environmentally sustainable. Improvements can come in the form of a program, a system change, or an event. The individual or group shows environmental sustainability through:

  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Dedication
  • Service
  • Inspiration

Green Coug Awards are sponsored by WSU Sustainability Office and the Sustainability and the Environment Committee (SEC).                                2019 is the first year for the awards and will establish a solid foundation for the future of the Green Coug Award.

Who can be nominated and who can nominate?

Anyone can submit a nomination for any other parties listed below:

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Professors
  • Advisors
  • Anyone on WSU Pullman campus


  1. 1) Ask the person if you can nominate them.
  2. 2) If they agree, fill out the nomination form available below.
  3. 3) Third, submit form to
  4. 4) Congrats, you’ve done it!

Green Coug Award form

Finalists will be decided by the Sustainability and the Environment Committee (SEC).

When are submissions due?

  1. Green Coug award nominations are for closed now, but sustainability is a continuous process so keep up the great work!

What’s at stake?

The finalists are presented a Green Coug Award at the annual award ceremony during the Sustainability Fair and winning efforts will be highlighted on the Sustainability Office website.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a person that is making a difference!