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2014 Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award Goes to Kelsey Baker!

Tuesday, May. 20, 2014



Established to honor the memory of Lucky Hinkle, longtime University staff member who worked diligently to promote recycling on campus, this award is given to the graduating senior with a declared major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies who, in the judgment of the ESS faculty, has made the most significant contribution to promoting a culture of sustainability at Santa Clara University and beyond.

Kelsey Baker is this year's Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award recipient.

Kelsey was instrumental in bringing the Think Outside the Bottle campaign to SCU. She worked with Associated Student Government (ASG) to get over 40 donated bottles to product test with ASG student senators.

Kelsey crafted a pledge so students could voice their passion for SCU to become bottled water free. More than 1,000 students have taken this pledge.

In recognition of her efforts on our campus, Kelsey attended a conference at the national Think Outside the Bottle headquarters this year.

Kelsey has been a huge part of OCEANS club and an active member of GREEN club and SCOOPS. She also has volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center.

According to a classmate who nominated Kelsey for this recognition, Kelsey “embraces and propagates a culture of sustainability and encourages others with a positive attitude and passionate explanations for all of her sustainable behaviors.”

Perhaps Kelsey’s most lasting effect on the culture of sustainability at SCU and beyond will stem from her efforts to get single-use bottled water eliminated from commencement.

Thanks to Kelsey, 2014 will be the first SCU commencement without disposable bottled water!

Kelsey spearheaded this effort which will eliminate the use of over 3,000 bottles over the Undergraduate & Graduate Commencement Weekend in June and Law School Commencement in May.

Kelsey convinced SCU’s Director of Sustainability, Lindsey Kalkbrenner, that this was an effort worth pursuing. Kelsey even threatened not to "walk" at commencement if plastic single-use bottles were used.

Kelsey was instrumental in bringing together event planning, dining services, auxiliary services, alumni office, risk management, environmental health and safety, and facilities as stakeholders in this monumental process change for the University's largest event.

And Kelsey’s efforts will have a huge and lasting effect on SCU’s culture. Every senior will receive a keepsake bottle that has the mission sustainable logo on it!

As Kelsey leaves SCU and our department, she takes our hearts and our warmest congratulations with her.