Gone Green! The U of R Wins EPA Award

If you frequently read Go Green articles like this one, then you know that the University of Rochester has been making efforts to communicate its sustainability endeavors with the community for some time now. The communication efforts have now been recognized. As a partner of the EPA’s WasteWise program, the University reports annual waste and recycling data as a means to help track and improve our own internal practices.

Each year, WasteWise honors sustainability standouts for their practices and programs through several different annual awards, including Partner and Endorser of the Year, Gold Achievement, and Honorable Mentions. This year’s lineup consists of 29 total awardees who were deemed as champions by the EPA. We are extremely proud to announce that the University is a winner of the 2011 Gold Achievement award in the category of Public Education and Outreach. The Gold Achievement honors organizations for outstanding success in a specific focus area.

Highlights of sustainability outreach and education efforts at the University include the online and social media sources like ‘The Green Dandelion’ blog , the ‘URSustainable’ Facebook page, and the Go Green Pledge.  Participating in events like UR Unplugged and Recyclemania, helped the University to win this recognition as well. Unique sustainability initiatives such as E-Cycle Day, the Personal Documents Roundup,  and the Move-Out Cleanout also showed the University in a particularly green light, demonstrating a true drive and passion for finding unique ways to give students, faculty, and staff alike opportunities to extend their repertoire of sustainable living practices.

For more information on the EPA’s WasteWise awards, visit: http://www.epa.gov/osw/partnerships/wastewise/awards.htm

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