Environmental Ambassadors to celebrate 18th Annual Sustainability Celebration

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Environmental Ambassadors to celebrate 18th Annual Sustainability Celebration

The suns sets on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, on Southern Illinois University's Campus Lake.  (Brian Munoz | @BrianMMunoz)

The suns sets on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, on Southern Illinois University's Campus Lake. (Brian Munoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Brian Munoz | @BrianMMunoz

The suns sets on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, on Southern Illinois University's Campus Lake. (Brian Munoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Brian Munoz | @BrianMMunoz

Brian Munoz | @BrianMMunoz

The suns sets on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, on Southern Illinois University's Campus Lake. (Brian Munoz | @BrianMMunoz)

By Brandi Courtois

The Environmental Ambassadors will be celebrating their 18th year on April 30 at Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library.

The event, which is set to start at 11 a.m., will celebrate students who participated in at least 30 hours of environmentally related service in an academic year. Chancellor John Dunn is scheduled to speak at the event, according to a news release from SIU.

“The annual Sustainability Celebration is an opportunity for campus and community members to get connected with a growing group of sustainability advocates,” Geory Kurtzhals, SIU’s sustainability coordinator, said in the release.

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(See more: The university ranks silver in 2017 campus index sustainability index)

According to the Sustainability Office, students have volunteered over 9,000 hours toward environmental initiatives since the initiation of the Environmental Ambassador award. In the last five years, over 125 students have been recognized.

The organization said on their website they hope to break the 10,000 hour milestone this year.

The news release also said winners of the 2019 Green Fund grants will be announced and displays, demonstration and activities will be available for viewing.

Environmental Ambassador forms must be completed before April 22 for consideration. For more information about turning in hours, visit the Sustainability website.

Staff writer Brandi Courtois can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Brandi_Courtois.

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