Saint Louis University Named a ‘Green College’
|SLU's annual E-waste drive keeps old and broken electronics from around the St. Louis region from ending up in landfills. File photo|
Saint Louis University has been selected to be included in The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition. The guide profiles institutions that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their programming and operations.
"We are pleased to be recognized as one of the 332 most environmentally responsible ‘green' colleges in the United States and Canada," said David Webb, program manager at the Center for Sustainability. "Our inclusion is further testimony to SLU's commitment to sustainability in our academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and administration."
The Center for Sustainability was launched at Saint Louis University with the support of a $5 million gift from the Alberici Foundation in 2010. The center offers master-level degrees in sustainability and in urban planning and development, as well as a graduate certificate in geographic information systems, which prepare graduates to take on the critical environmental and planning challenges facing today's society.
"I am very proud of the hard work that David Webb and others at SLU have done to get our campus listed in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges, the Sierra Club ‘cool schools' list and other places that measure environmental responsibility of University campuses," said John Woolschlager, director of the University's Center for Sustainability. "This aligns well with our University mission and will help us attract students who value protecting our planet."'
Earlier this year, the Sierra Club designated the University as a "Cool School," an honor given by the environmental organization to colleges and universities around the country that are committed to sustainability.
The University received also a bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The association's Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program recognizes colleges' and universities' efforts in eco-friendliness and social and economic sustainability.
The Center for Sustainability collaborates with SLU's Division of Facilities Services as part of SLUstainability, an effort to promote environmentally conscious operations efforts at all levels of the University. Since 2012, Saint Louis University has competed against hundreds of other colleges in the annual RecycleMania competition, diverting more than 20 percent of its waste from landfills each year. As part of the competition, the University also hosts the annual e-waste drive, which diverts thousands of pounds of electronics from landfills every year.
About Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,500 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.