On 22 April 2016, COTE announced its 2015-2016 COTE award recipients.

The awards fall into three main categories:

COTE Exemplar Awards recognize individuals or groups with significant accomplishments promoting the sustainable use of natural resources or the protection of ecological systems.

Individuals who have a record of continual significant achievements are further recognized by the awarding of a "COTE Exemplar Lifetime Achievement Award".

COTE Green Initiative Awards recognize everyday activities, decisions or contributions that help to move Ball State University (and its near-surround community) toward sustainability.  Their purpose is to reward discrete contributions rather than a history of multiple accomplishments.

COTE Service Awards recognize past individual service on or to the BSU Council on the Environment.

COTE Award Recipients 2015

COTE Exemplar Award

Dr. Carolyn Vann,
Professor Emerita of Biology

This Council on the Environment Exemplar Award is presented in recognition of Dr.Vann's commitment to the stewardship of our natural resources as demonstrated by her writing about Bell Aquaculture and the net-zero building strategies of the Cope Environmental Center, by her offering of an informational workshop on residential solar power and by her provision of consistent voluntary support to the programs of Sustainable Indiana 2016.

COTE Green Initiative Awards

BSU Unified Media

This Council on the Environment Green Initiative Award is presented in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship as demonstrated by the 9/18/2015 publication of the first-ever Campus Green Guide, distributed with that day's BSU Daily News and made available at the Living Lightly Fair.

Cornerstone Center for the Arts

This Council on the Environment Green Initiative Award is presented in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship as demonstrated by the installation of a 150 kilowatt roof-mounted solar array that reduces the building’s electrical consumption by 75% and by the updating of the HVAC equipment and the installation of LED electrical lighting fixtures and lamps.

ecoREHAB of Muncie, Inc.

This Council on the Environment Green Initiative Award is presented in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship as demonstrated by the installation of eight rooftop solar panels generating 2.5 kilowatts of power to supplement gas and electricity service on a house at 522 W. Gharkey; thereby moving the building toward net-zero electricity consumption.

Muncie Public Library

This Council on the Environment Green Initiative Award is presented in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship as demonstrated by the installation of a 10-car, 80-panel solar carport facing McGalliard Road, which generates 15 kilowatts of power and supplies 25% of the building’s annual energy needs.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie

This Council on the Environment Green Initiative Award is presented in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship as demonstrated by the installation of 80 rooftop solar panels which supply 20 kilowatts of power to meet nearly 50% of the facility's annual electricity needs and by the hosting of an informational workshop on residential solar energy.

Youth Opportunity Center

This Council on the Environment Green Initiative Award is presented in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship as demonstrated by the installation of 53 solar panels that generate more than 13 kilowatts of power to supply 15% of the annual electricity needs of its central services facility.

Shafer Chapel

This Council on the Environment Green Initiative Award is presented in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship as demonstrated by the installation of a 3.92 kWh PV array which supplies 50% of the building’s annual energy needs.