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For more information about our Achievements, click on one of the items below:

AGC St.Louis Keystone Award Finalist | AASHE Conference Poster | APPA Effective and Innovative Practices Award | Growing Green Awards - Emerging Leader NomineeRCGA Green Business Challenge | SEI Green Report Card | Sierra Club Names SLU A 'Cool School' | SLUstainability News | SLUstainability Wall of Fame | STARS Report | St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers - Best Practice Award winnerTree Campus USA 


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AGC St. Louis Keystone Award Finalist

Facilities Planning & Construction was recognized as a Keystone Award Finalist by the Associated General Contractors for the Center for Global Citizenship project completed in 2013. The award celebrates construction excellence, using criteria to evaluate the project's complexity, site safety, innovation, team communication, diversity, community benefit and value engineering.



APPA Effective and Innovative Practices Award

APPA award check presentation

The Association for Leadership in Educational Facilities, (APPA), has selected Saint Louis University's Division of Facilities Services (FS) as a recipient of the 2014 Effective & Innovative Practices Award for their entry:

Strategic Planning and Culture Change Practice/Improving Waste Management/In-House Construction Program.

APPA Award Recipient - 2014 Submission

A formal presentation was made in July 2014 during an awards reception at the APPA 2014 national conference in San Diego, CA.

Visit APPA Member Awards and Recognition for more information about the award.

"I am proud of APPA's recognition of SLU's Facilities Services division", said Kathleen Brady, Vice President for Facilities Services, "and excited for the staff of the division who all deserve this honor; particularly those who worked so hard on advancing our Strategic Plan, on our Billiken Construction Crew and on our Waste Minimization efforts."


Growing Green Awards - Emerging Leader nominee 

The Department of Facilities Planning & Construction received the nomination for the award because of their sustainable accomplishment in re-purposing the West Pine Gym into the Center for Global Citizenship. The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter provides the award to recognize the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment. The project challenged the Department with maintaining the allure of classic St. Louis architecture while championing green building practices. Their choices enhance the student, faculty experience with improved acoustics, air quality and ambiance by using sustainable materials that provide form as well as function.

Full Growing Green Awards Nomination List


RCGA Green Business Challenge 

RCGA Green Business Challenge

Saint Louis University joined the RCGA's St. Louis Green Business Challenge as an inaugural member in January of 2010. The challenge was designed to encourage member institutions to adopt sustainable business practices that improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality, reduce waste and water consumption, as well as increase clean transportation options.

2014 - Star Circle of Excellence Recipient

2013 - Circle of Excellence Recipient

2012 - Circle of Excellence Recipient

* Facilities Services' efforts increased SLU's score by 49 points

SEI Green Report Card

The Green Report Card by the Sustainable Endowments Institute is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability. The aim is to provide accessible information for schools to learn from one another's experiences, enabling them to establish more effective sustainability policies.

NOTE:  The Green Report Card has been disolved and STARS has become the defacto survey and reporting system to measure campus sustainability efforts.


Sierra Club "Cool School"

Saint Louis University has placed on Sierra Magazine's  "Cool Schools" green ranking list. The magazine, put out by the Sierra Club, ranks "American colleges and universities according to their environmental practices, green initiatives, and caliber of sustainability-oriented education."

2015 Complete Rankings

2014 Complete Rankings

2013 Complete Rankings


SLUstainability Wall of Fame

Although Saint Louis University Facilities Services continues to take steps to ensure campus sustainability, some accomplishments have already been recognized. 

Stop by and take a look at our accolades ̶ currently located at Facilities Services on the 2nd floor in The Wool Center, room 226.

On the wall:

    • St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association award of achievement for participation in the Green Business Challenge (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) 

    • Green Ideas Achievement Award for Compton/Olive & Laclede parking garages lighting retrofit

    • PatCraft carpet recognizes Saint Louis University for its commitment to sustainability through the installation of EcoWorx "cradle-to-cradle" certified carpet throughout campus.

    • Recognized by Ameren UE for our dedication to "Learning outside the classroom" through our participation in the Village Electric Competition-January, 2011.

    • Commemoration of the launch of Single Stream recycling with Waste Management in July, 2009.

    • Innovative Facilities Solutions - Environmental Stewardship Award for the lighting upgrades performed in the Hickory garage-April, 2010.

    • RecycleMania 2011 - Excellence Award for Leadership

    • Buyers Industrial Group, LLC. Recognition for installation of Vending Miser in June, 2010

    • Midwest Recycling Company partnership acknowledgement for our ongoing commitment to diverting waste and keeping hazardous components from landfills through the recycling of electronics, light bulbs and ballasts, appliances, along with all other e-waste and universal waste.

    • Green Sustainability Award - recognized by Murphy Construction in partnership with Laclede Gas for reducing energy consumption by 1,813,580,211 BTU through boiler tune-ups and gas energy audits on North campus (reduction is equivalent to planting 4,421 trees or reducing carbon footprint by 212,188 lbs CO2)

    • Sustainability Award (2012) - BioLogix acknowledged Saint Louis University for utilizing sustainable technologies to eliminate environmental wastes through bio-augmentation

    • Recognized by Murphy Construction in partnership with Laclede Gas - Green Sustainability Award for installation of energy saving Vent Stack Dampers on boilers throughout North campus (equivalent to planting 1,163 trees or reducing carbon footprint by 55,824 lbs CO2)

    • Certificate of Recognition for ranking among the top ten contributors by diverting 129,877 pounds of waste, from area landfills, through St. Louis Green's. Awarded January, 2013 by Furniture and Metal to Food.

    • Certificate of Recognition for choosing to use SCA's 100% recycled, third-party certified, Tork products. Awarded April 26, 2012 by Tork.

    • The Pius XII Memorial Library Renovation produced 48,600 pounds of recycled metal, 1,845 pounds of recycled electronic ballasts, 2,271 recycled fluorescent lamps and reused 67,342 pounds of furniture, while reducing power by 65,000 watts.

STARS Report

Saint Louis University was a Charter Participant in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Reporting System (STARS). SLU currently uses the Data Collector Tool to share annual sustainability information with Sierra Club and Princeton Review.

STARS silver rating
Awarded a Silver rating in February of 2015
Awarded a Bronze rating in October of 2011

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers - Best Practices 2013 Award winner

Best practices in the construction industry were recognized by the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) during its annual awards on December 19, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel St. Louis at Westport, St. Louis, MO.

Saint Louis University shared honors with Clayco and the Lawrence Group for the expansion and renovation of a 47 year old office building to accommodate the School of Law. An aggressive 10 month schedule was needed to be ready for the university's fall 2013 semester. The $32 million project made use of constructability, front end planning and team building best practices to complete the project. Construction included addition of a 12th floor and installation of large structural steel beams that were fabricated off site, staged on a small project site, hoisted through a small window opening and spliced together inside the building.

2013 Award Application


Tree Campus USA 

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Tree Campus USA - SLU has been designated as an official Tree Campus USA for the second year in a row. SLU's Tree Campus USA program contains the five standards that are required for certification:

  1. Tree Campus Advisory Team - meets semi-annually and provides important input into the care and maintenance of a campus landscape with a primary focus on the health and maintenance of the campus tree population.
  2. Tree Care Plan - identifies the policies, procedures and practices that are used in establishing, protecting, maintaining and removing trees on campus.
  3. Dedicated Annual Expenditures - amount of money including labor and materials expended on tree establishment, maintenance, protection and removals.
  4. Arbor Day Observance - engagement opportunity for student population and broader community.
  5. Service Learning Project - an outreach opportunity to engage the student population and /or community with projects related to trees.
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