Published: May 2, 2022

Congratulations to NEST Studio for the Arts and NEST office manager Joanne Guillery for receiving campuswide recognition for service to the University of Colorado Boulder community. 

On April 21, the NEST (Nature, Environment, Science & Technology) Studio for the Arts was celebrated as one of eight Campus Sustainability Award recipients during the 29th Annual Campus Sustainability Summit. These non-monetary awards were given as 100% recycled-content plaques.

Joanne and family

Since the program started in 1997, the sustainability awards have celebrated inventive programs and initiatives that directly reduce resource use, enhance social equity and cohesion, or promote a culture of sustainability at CU Boulder. 

The award committee recognized NEST for pursuing projects that contribute to our understanding of big issues like climate change, human rights, resource scarcity, environmental microplastics, vanishing glaciers, habitat loss and fracking. 

NEST further addresses big issues as part of the campuswide Grand Challenge initiative, CU Boulder’s commitment to transforming the landscape of space exploration and finding pathways to address significant issues faced by our planet. 

On April 20, the Office for Outreach and Engagement, housed within the division of Continuing Education, awarded Joanne Guillery the 2022 Anne K. Heinz Staff Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement.

The annual award is given to a staff member who goes above and beyond to establish and support scholarship between CU Boulder and outside communities. Each awardee is granted $5,000 to support program needs identified by the staff member and sponsoring department.

This year, Guillery was nominated by Erin Espelie, co-director of NEST and CMCI associate professor, for her work as the NEST office manager. As a half-time employee, Guillery introduced NEST to tens of thousands of people by stewarding over 100 exhibitions, lectures, workshops and other events. Espelie also credited NEST’s increased productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic to Guillery’s approach to, and passion for, the work.

Visit this page to learn more about Guillery’s work and the Anne K. Heins Staff Award.