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Sustainability: Saint Louis University Is Going Green

The Spring 2012 issue of the Universitas featured an article on Saint Louis University's sustainability efforts. The article written by Anne Marie Apollo-Noel discussed what "sustainability" is, the ways in which Facilities Services has been "doing it for years and even shows a video of our new solar golf cart! 

The following are some excerpts from the article:

"Before sustainability became the American buzzword of choice, SLU constructed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building on campus." Sustainability doesn't just bridge schools at SLU -- it crosses departments, too.

"The University partners with RideFinders to help students, faculty and staff members build or find carpools. New construction projects devote at least 50 percent of their landscaping to native Missouri plants. New computers are evaluated through the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, which helps purchasers choose greener appliances. A golf cart topped with a solar panel sits outside Litteken Hall."

"It's good for the earth, but good for the bottom line, too. Changing to more energy-efficient lighting methods, using organic fertilizers in flower beds and athletic fields, and moving to comingled recycling might not sound like much, but every effort means dollars saved."

"The future of sustainability at SLU has enormous opportunity, and much can be accomplished if sustainability becomes a strategic area of focus for the institution and resources are dedicated toward these efforts," said Kathleen Brady (A&S '76), SLU's vice president for facilities services and chief sustainability officer.

"Consider this: A simple switch in the type of light bulb used at SLU's Medical Center decreased its electricity usage by more than 370,000 kilowatt hours. That translates to an annual savings of nearly $25,000. Local energy provider Ameren gave SLU the same amount in rebates for making the upgrades. New lighting also went into parking lots, offices and banquet rooms across campus -- including replacing every T-12 fluorescent light bulb with a T-8 fluorescent bulb, which is more energy efficient and lasts longer."

"Sustainable projects have been going on for years at SLU, said Brandon Verhoff, project analyst for SLU's division of facilities services. "Many are not visible because the facilities division has done a good job of integrating these initiatives in a non-invasive way, saving the University money and resources," he said."

Read the Full Universitas Article here