Monday, April 11, 2011
The University of San Diego will be honored for its efforts to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12.
The council will declare April 12 “University of San Diego Sustainability Day.”
Through installation of a smart irrigation system and other efforts, USD has reduced its water consumption by 25 percent or 40 million gallons, placing usage levels to what they were in 1991, when USD’s square footage and student population were half of what they are today.
USD also has partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric to create a more sustainable campus with a smaller environmental footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency and a commitment to renewable energy. USD has partnered with AMSOLAR to install 1.2 megawatts of renewable solar energy, representing 15 percent of the university’s peek energy needs.
“We are delighted to receive this recognition from the San Diego City Council that reflects our commitment to becoming one of the greenest campuses in the country,” said Michael Catanzaro, USD’s director of Sustainability.
USD is engaged in a number of sustainability efforts including plans to open an E-Recycling Center on Wednesday, April 20 during Earth Week.