Karen Howe - 2014 AAE Award Winner

Karen Howe

Karen is an Honors program student from Salt Lake City, double majoring in Art and Environment & Sustainability.


Karen has received the most prestigious award from Western's Environment & Sustainability program, the Mahaffey scholarship, which goes to only one student each year. She also earned the Honors Presidential Scholarship and the C. Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship. Karen was the LEAD student sustainability coordinator for both 2013 and 2014. She organized a panel discussion on sustainability for the first Headwaters 100, presenting to nearly the entire freshman cohort at Western, along with directing and producing a short film on sustainability at Western. She has been a teaching assistant, has presented to the Board of Trustees on campus sustainability, has served as a student representative on a search committee for a new graduate faculty position and has been the student sustainability ambassador to the Student Government Association for the past two years. Karen also completed an internship with Natural Capitalism Solutions in 2012, where she conducted sustainability research for an international business. She served as president of the Honors Student Advisory Board and coordinated compost education at Western's Rare Air Cafe. Despite all her extra-curricular activities, Karen maintained a 3.89 grade-point average.