N.C. university recognized for leadership in sustainability
North Carolina’s Elon University has been has been recognized for taking a bite out of sustainability.
The school has been given the "A Green Apple a Day" award by the Piedmont-Triad Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council. The honor spotlighted Elon for integrating sustainability into the curriculum, culture, operations and student lifestyles, as well as the surrounding community, according to a release from the school.
The U.S. Green Building Council was established to promote sustainability-focused practices in the building and construction industry. The Piedmont-Triad Branch Awards for Leadership in Sustainability recognize sustainability efforts in the region in four categories: Built Green, A Green Apple a Day, Innovation and Fearless Leader.
The “A Green Apple a Day” award recognizes area educational organizations, K-12 schools or higher education institutions that exemplify sustainable leadership.
“It is gratifying for Elon’s commitment to sustainability to be recognized by the local USGBC branch,” said Elaine Durr, director of sustainability at Elon. “Such recognition is only possible with support and collaboration from many departments across campus.”
Highlights from Elon’s nomination include:
- Energy efficiency and conservation efforts that have resulted in more than a 30 percent reduction in BTU/SF, despite square footage doubling
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings on campus
- Contribution of 119,200 hours of community service in 15-16 by Elon students
- A variety of opportunities to learn about sustainability related topics in the classroom, as well as outside the classroom through peer education or experiential learning at the Environmental Center at Loy Farm.
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