Rankin College of Business

SOAR Sustainability Conference

April 24, 2024

at Southern Arkansas University

SOAR Stars

Award Categories and Eligibility

The SOAR conference is excited to recognize sustainability leaders from South Arkansas* through SOAR Stars awarded to businesses, organizations, people, and public agencies making progress on these goals.

The Good Steward Leadership Award

Awarded to individuals, groups, or organizations who have shown a long-term commitment to advancing environmental stewardship and sustainability practices. This award recognizes accomplishments over a significant period (more than one year).

Rankin College of Business Sustainability Award

Awarded to businesses and organizations for a commitment to creating environmentally sustainable business practices, operations, governance, and services within the last year.

New Generations Impact Award

Awarded to young adults and student groups ages 16+ who are leaders in developing environmentally sustainable practices in the South Arkansas community within the last year. This award is intended for High School age and traditional college-age groups with individuals ranging in ages from 16-24. Some exceptions may be considered for ages slightly younger or slightly older.

Individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses may nominate a person or entity or nominate themselves.

*For this purpose, South Arkansas consists of these 15 counties: Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Columbia, Desha, Drew, Hempstead, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita, Union

SOAR Stars Nomination Form

Evaluation Criteria

Once applications are received, a panel of judges will review each nomination on how well the project meet the following award criteria:

  1. Positive Impact
  2. Creativity
  3. Overcomes Challenges
  4. Transferable
  5. Demonstrates Initiative

Nominations must highlight achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation
  2. Energy and Water Conservation
  3. Resilient Economy/Impact Investing
  4. Zero Waste
  5. Community Cohesion and Public Health
  6. Natural Systems
  7. Sustainable Transportation
  8. Education in Sustainability
  9. Disaster Preparation

Nomination Form

2023 Award Recipients

The Good Steward Leadership Award

Southern Aluminum

Rankin College of Business Sustainability Award

Mulerider Market

New Generations Impact Award

Patrick Wingfield

2022 Award Recipients

The Good Steward Leadership Award

Abilities Unlimited

Rankin College of Business Sustainability Award

Leadership Magnolia

New Generations Impact Award

Katie Heese
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