Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley honors SXU for environmental sustainability efforts

City resolution commends University, President Dwyer for “serious and significant commitment” to green building

Chicago (Sept. 9, 2009) Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the city council honored Saint Xavier University and its president, Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., with a resolution commending the University’s efforts toward environmental sustainability during a ceremony today at Chicago City Hall.

The resolution congratulates the University for its “serious and significant commitment to the principle that higher education must be at the forefront of sustainable, ‘green’ building practices,” and outlines several of Saint Xavier’s sustainability accomplishments, including:

  • Saint Xavier being the first University in Illinois to have two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified buildings, and one of only 11 universities in the country to accomplish this feat.
  • The GreenBike Share program, which allows University community members to borrow bikes from docking stations across the Chicago campus.
  • Saint Xavier being the first higher education institution in Chicago to sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a pledge by more than 650 colleges and universities across the nation to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and become climate neutral.

“On behalf of the Saint Xavier Community, I wish to thank Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the City Council for this honor,” said Dwyer. “We are proud to see Saint Xavier’s sustainability efforts recognized by the City of Chicago under the leadership of Mayor Daley, who is clearly one of our nation’s foremost leaders in sustainability initiatives.”

To view the full text of the City Council resolution, please click here. For more information about Saint Xavier’s sustainability efforts, please visit

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