We’re thrilled to announce the inaugural “ABET and The Lemelson Foundation Engineering for One Planet (EOP) Innovation in Sustainability Award,” a collaboration between ABET and The Lemelson Foundation. Engineering for One Planet is an initiative to transform STEM education, so the next generation of problem solvers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding of social and environmental sustainability to protect and improve our planet and our lives. 

This award celebrates individuals, programs or institutional teams who integrate sustainability into ABET-accredited programs, fostering innovation in education. Nominees for this award will have a clear and targeted mission to integrate sustainability across their educational programs, with proven success. Additional award criteria cater to commitment, legacy and dissemination and transportability.  There is a $10,000 cash prize for the award winner and recognition at the annual ABET Awards Celebration in the fall.

“We are excited to launch the ‘ABET and The Lemelson Foundation Engineering for One Planet (EOP) Innovation in Sustainability Award’ in partnership with The Lemelson Foundation,” said Dr. Michael Milligan, ABET CEO. “This award underscores our joint commitment to recognize and encourage sustainability initiatives that drive innovation in STEM education. We look forward to honoring those who are leading the way in integrating sustainability into ABET-accredited programs.”

The EOP Framework developed by The Lemelson Foundation supports the ABET criteria and other related teaching tools to assist in implementing sustainability concepts into computing, engineering, engineering technology and applied and natural science education. “We are thrilled to support this award, which recognizes how critical high-quality sustainability education is for every STEM graduate and our future workforce. This award will shine a light on individuals and programs who are striving to make that a reality,” said Rob Schneider, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation.

More information about the award can be found at abet.org/awards/abet-lemelson-award/. Please submit completed nominations by April 20.