The Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Awards program exists to recognize individuals or groups of Auburn University students, faculty, staff, and alumni that exemplify the Auburn spirit by making significant contributions toward sustainability on campus or in a community at any point along the Sustainability Compass: Nature, Economy, Society, individual and collective Wellbeing. Nature undertakings exemplify how we can restore, protect, and live in accord with the laws of Nature. Economic achievements contribute to a prosperous economy that is viable, fair, and inclusive. Societal work cultivates connectedness, caring, equity, and engagement. Efforts for Wellbeing nurture individual health, fulfillment, happiness, and collective wellbeing.
While all nominations echo various points of the Sustainability Compass, awardees are chosen based upon their motivation and commitment to sustainability; the impact of their work; and the degree to which they engage and involve others in their efforts.