Monday, June 8, 2009

SXU wins Small feet/large FEAT award from U.S. Green Building Council

Award recognizes SXU’s Greenhouse Gas Audit and green buildings

(From left to right) USGBC - Chicago Chapter Executive Director Doug Widener, SXU Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management Paul Matthews, SXU Graduate Assistant David Hasty, SXU Project Manager Sara Patzkowsky and USGBC – Chicago Chapter Chair of the Board Joseph Clair at the Fourth Annual Emerald Gala.

Chicago (June 8, 2009) The U.S. Green Building Council recently recognized Saint Xavier University’s efforts toward environmental sustainability with the 2009 SMALL feet/large FEAT - Excellence in Organizational Change award at the Fourth Annual Emerald Gala.

The annual award recognizes organizations that have made changes to reduce their environmental footprint.

Saint Xavier recently completed a Greenhouse Gas Audit, which evaluated the University’s carbon footprint and focused on reductions in areas such as student and employee travel.

Additionally, Saint Xavier’s environmentally friendly Arthur Rubloff Residence Hall participated in a study on the economics of going green, sponsored by the USGBC – Chicago Chapter and U.S. EPA. The study found Rubloff Hall will not only sustain energy efficiency, but also will increase economic savings for the future. Rubloff’s green features include high-efficiency lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and insulation systems and a "green roof," which features small plants that filter and purify rainwater before it seeps into the ground.

Saint Xavier’s next step is creating a Climate Action Plan to take advantage of energy reduction opportunities in the future and continue toward climate neutrality.


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