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Summerfield receives Spirit of Sustainability Award

Dr. Summerfield standing with her husband, John S. Summerfield, Jr.

Giovanna Summerfield (pictured above with her husband, John S. Summerfield, Jr.) is the associate dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and recently received a Spirit of Sustainability Award from the Office of Sustainability. 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.

“Giovanna is dedicated to sustainability and is one of the most active and engaged academic leaders on campus,” said College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup. “I’m pleased to see her work, influence and leadership recognized, and I congratulate her on her award.”

In her role as associate dean, Giovanna oversees several academic programs that contribute to sustainability learning, practice and living. These include the minor in sustainability studies, which gives students from every discipline the opportunity to understand and engage with sustainability issues, principles and practices; the Community and Civic Engagement Program, which trains students to become effective catalysts, facilitators and leaders, equipped to transform communities; the women’s studies minor, whose graduates can help close the gender gap in society; oversight for the Carol Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, a convening place for learning and public engagement.

For more information, go to http://wp.auburn.edu/sustainability/giovanna-summerfield/.

Last Updated: May 14, 2019