On April 20, Michigan State University's Sustainability department celebrated Earth Day and outstanding sustainability leadership at the 2016 Be Spartan Green Award Gala. The annual event recognizes Spartans who have made significant contributions to sustainability at MSU and beyond.

This year, the gala was hosted at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, and featured keynote speaker George Heartwell, former Mayor of Grand Rapids, who made significant advances in environmental protection, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Be Spartan Green Outstanding Awards were given to staff, students, faculty, alumni and campus partners who went above and beyond in their support of sustainability. MSU units that achieved Spartan Green Certification for their commitment to pursuing environmental stewardship in their workspaces were also recognized.

To view photos from the event, visit the Be Spartan Green Facebook page.

A photo collage of the 2016 Outstanding Award winners.