Manhattan Students Recognized for Green and Compassionate Activity on Campus

The student body receives honor based on commitment to a sustainable campus.

myActions, the leading student-powered college network for sharing sustainable and socially responsible actions, announced that Manhattan College received silver level recognition for the Student Actions Awards for the 2014 fall semester. The award honors undergraduate schools for student-demonstrated leadership, momentum and impact of green, caring and healthy actions.

“We are proud to shine the spotlight on student actions and student leaders. Throughout the semester, students have shared actions in an effort to inspire peers and better understand both personal and collective impact,” says Kristine Sturgeon, president of myActions.

Delaney Higgins ’17 spearheaded Manhattan College’s connection with myActions after interning with myActions during the fall semester. Higgins is also a member of the College’s Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES).

Last summer, Higgins collaborated with fellow interns Gavin Sass ’15 and Samantha Brand ’15 on shortening the food chain for the Bronx community by helping to grow crops within city limits. In addition to expanding the College’s rooftop garden, they shared their urban farming know-how with area community members at Montefiore Medical Center and Marble Hill Community Center. A mathematics major, Higgins is a member of the Society of Women Engineers. In addition to her work on the College’s rooftop garden, she promoted reusable water bottles in a student residence recycling project.

The Student Actions Awards celebrate student leadership, student activation, initiatives and impact. During the fall semester, more than 65,000 positive student actions were shared in an effort to inspire friends and make others aware of the fantastic opportunities to engage on campus. Manhattan was one of 87 schools recognized by myActions.