2009
Benedictine University pledges to help lead movement toward going "green"

Benedictine University pledges to help lead movement toward going "green"
February 27, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Acquire more energy from renewable sources. Reduce carbon emissions on campus. Increase the amount of waste recycled on campus. Benedictine University has pledged to do all those things, and more. Benedictine University recently joined the Illinois Sustainable University Compact, an organization of universities and community colleges across Illinois which – in conjunction with the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council chaired by Gov. Pat Quinn – is committed to creating a greener, healthier environment. The Illinois Sustainable University Compact outlines 12 environmental goals that colleges and universities may adopt on their campuses. The compact includes objectives such as purchasing renewable energy, implementing green building practices, developing sustainable transportation options, improving water conservation and incorporating sustainable dining practices. Among the goals Benedictine University has pledged to accomplish by December 31, 2010 are: acquiring at least 3 percent of the energy for its campus from renewable sources; joining the U.S. Environmental Prospection Agency’s Energy Star Challenge to increase energy efficiency on campus; and purchasing non-toxic cleaning products whenever practical. Also, reducing carbon emissions on campus and looking into joining a greenhouse gas emission reduction and trading system; increasing the amount of overall waste recycled on campus by at least 15 percent; and reducing pesticide use by establishing integrated pest management practices at all facilities on campus. Joining the Illinois Sustainable University Compact is part of Benedictine’s commitment to the environment. Earlier this fall, Benedictine kicked off a three-year program, “Years for the Environment,” aimed at moving the campus from education and conversation into action. The effort incorporates curriculum, speakers, events and community outreach. Later this month on Saturday, March 28, area residents can bring their electronics and other waste items to “Sustainable Saturday in Lisle” from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Dan and Ada Rice Center on the Benedictine campus. The event is sponsored by Benedictine University, Sims Recycling Solutions of West Chicago, the Village of Lisle and DuPage County.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.