|Title||USD Makes the Grade in Sustainability|
|Contact E-mail||harman, at sandiego.edu|
|Contact Phone||(619) 260-4682|
The fall semester’s not over but the University of San Diego has already received a solid B+ in the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) College Sustainability Report Card for 2011 which was released Wednesday morning.
USD’s overall grade of B+ jumped a full grade from last year’s grade of C+. This year USD received four A’s in administration, food and recycling, green building, and investment priorities.
“Our administration is committed to being one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation and this solid grade of B+ shows we are well on our way toward meeting that goal,” said Michael Catanzaro, USD’s director of sustainability.
GreenReportCard.org is the only independent evaluation of sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. Assessing each institution in nine categories, ranging from Climate Change & Energy to Green Building to Investment Priorities, the Report Card provides detailed school profiles and grades for 322 colleges and universities, representing all 50 U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces.
Highlights of USD’s grade include:
Next month, USD will officially dedicate its new solar power system, the second largest on a private university campus. The new system will generate up to 15 percent of USD’s power needs. This fall, USD also was awarded a major National Science Foundation grant of nearly $1 million to develop innovative communication and education strategies to advance climate science literacy.
USD also is ranked 103rd on the “Cool Schools” by the Sierra Club.