USD Honored for Turning Trash into Cash

SAN DIEGO — The University of San Diego was honored at a national sustainability conference for collecting more than 750,000 pounds of electronic waste over the past three years, school officials announced Tuesday.

USD topped the six other finalists for the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award presented during the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s conference and expo in Portland, Oregon last week.

University officials said USD’s three-year-old electronics recycling center at 5330 Linda Vista Road was the first full-time public e-waste collection facility in the city and brings in about $200,000 each year. The center also provides students and adults with developmental disabilities employment opportunities.

“We’re honored to receive this award that recognizes the University of San Diego’s commitment to sustainability and social entrepreneurship,” USD’s Office of Sustainability Director, Michael Catanzaro, said. “We’ve created a center that responsibly disposes of old computers, printers, cell phones and other e-waste and will also create funding for student scholarships, local sustainability organizations and campus sustainability efforts.”

USD plans to earmark 20 percent of the net recycling revenue each year to student scholarships and 10 percent to local community grants, according to university officials.

Earlier this fall, USD was named one of the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” for its sustainability efforts, along with UC San Diego.

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.


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