Monday, August 11, 2008

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn highlights SXU at 3rd Annual Sustainable University Symposium

Quinn discusses SXU’s bike sharing program, green innovations

Chicago (Aug. 11, 2008) Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn highlighted Saint Xavier University’s environmentally friendly innovations and programs on July 29 at the 3rd Annual Sustainable University Symposium at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Quinn commented on Saint Xavier’s unique GreenBike bicycle sharing program to open this fall. He noted the “great things” being done by the University, such as SXU’s Arthur Rubloff Hall, Illinois’ first university building to receive the LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council, and other green construction on campus. The event was sponsored by the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council.

Quinn also cited SXU as one of the signing members of the Presidents Climate Commitment, a pledge by colleges and universities across the nation to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. SXU President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., was the first university president in the city of Chicago to sign the Climate Commitment.

Paul Matthews, SXU assistant vice president of facilities management, outlined the GreenBike program at the symposium during his presentation on sustainable transportation.
The GreenBike program will allow students, staff and faculty to borrow bikes in increments of 15 minutes from 14 computerized docking stations around the Chicago Campus. SXU is the first in the country to import this proven concept, which is designed by Veolia Transportation subsidiary Veloway and extensively used in Europe.

For more information about SXU’s Green Bike program, please visit


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