USD Wins Sustainability Award

The University of San Diego was recognized as the Outstanding Sustainable Organization of the Year last week by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) at its eighth annual Energy All-Star Awards.

The San Diego-based center cited USD as a "leader in sustainable facilities and programs through the integration of green transportation, progressive energy management and community leadership in waste reduction." The university has installed one of the largest rooftop solar installations in the country with 1.23 megawatts, opened a community electronic waste collection center and encouraged alternative transportation through biking, carpooling, and car-sharing programs.

"USD's leadership in sustainability stands as an exemplary model of how California leads the nation in our conversion to a clean energy future," Andrew McAllister, CCSE managing director.

"We are honored and humbled to receive this award in light of the strong efforts other San Diego organizations have made toward sustainability," said Michael Catanzaro, USD's director of Sustainability. "Our work has truly been a campus-wide effort and everyone at USD can share in the credit for all the progress we have made in just a few short years."

The other finalists for the award were the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and the County of San Diego's Department of General Services. Other nominees included the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Coastkeeper.

USD also was recognized several times in 2011 for its commitment to sustainability including a proclamation from the San Diego City Council for "University of San Diego Sustainability Day" on April 12, 2011. USD also received the prestigious "Excellence in Energy Savings Champion for Higher Education" from San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and USD is one of only 15 groups nationwide to receive National Science Foundation funding to develop climate change education strategies.

Due in part to USD's commitment and contribution to social sustainability issues, the university has become one of only 14 ASHOKA Changemaker Campuses in the United States making it part of a leadership community dedicated to innovation and social entrepreneurship.

The nonprofit CCSE recognized businesses, organizations and individuals in San Diego and southern California who made noteworthy energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions in 2011 at the eighth annual Energy All-Star Awards held Thursday, March 22 at USD.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.