Awards and Recognition

Sierra Club's Cool Schools List

Ranked 10th nationally in the 2017 Cool Schools list of the greenest colleges and universities by Sierra Club magazine.  In 2014, USD ranked 14th on the list and in 2013, ranked 79th.

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Environmental Excellence Award

The University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center (ERC) received this award in 2015 from the Industrial Environmental Association for its achievements in collecting 1.6+ millions pounds of e-waste and serving than 25,000+ customers in the local community since opening in April 2011.

Best Case Study

Awarded by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for promoting sustainability in operations, education, administration and community engagement.

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iCommute Diamond Award

Honored as an Outstanding Educational Institution for excellence in promoting and participating in alternative transportation choices for the San Diego region.

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Innovation in Experiential Education Award

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Justine Rapp, won the Innovation in Experiential Education Award for two experiential learning projects she developed, in which students worked with the USD Electronics Recycling Center to create paid advertising campaigns that are run on Google throughout the semester. (2014)

STARS Gold Rating

Awarded STARS Gold by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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Bicycle Friendly University

Named a “Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Bicyclists. (2013)

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E.A.R.T.H. Award

Recipient of the Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps Award for its work to increase environmental awareness across USD's campus, for its water and energy conservation, carbon footprint reduction, and increased reliance on renewable energy initiatives. (2013 & 2010)

Recyclemania Challenge

First place in the electronics division of the Recyclemania Tournament for collecting more than 80,000 pounds of electonic waste during the eight-week competition. (2013)

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Outstanding Sustainable Organization of the Year

Awarded by California Center for Sustainable Energy for being a “leader in sustainable facilities and programs through the integration of green transportation, progressive energy management and community leadership in waste reduction.” (2012)

Excellence in Energy Saving Champion in Higher Education

Awarded by San Diego Gas and Electric in 2011 for committment to energy efficiency and energy savings.

University of San Diego Sustainability Day

Proclaimed by the Council of the City of San Diego due to the university’s commitment to sustainability, numerous partnerships throughout the community, comprehensive energy and water usage audits as well as significant savings. (April 12, 2011)