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Roosevelt University recognized by state of Illinois for excellence in environmental sustainability

Posted: 11/21/2012

Roosevelt University is being recognized for achievements made in environmental sustainability by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the state’s Green Government Coordinating Council.

(Pictured above receiving the recognition award are from left: Paul Matthews, assistant vice present of campus planning and operations, Thomas Shelton, environmental sustainability and transportation coordinator, and Kenton Franklin, a senior in the University's Sustainability Studies program and student associate in environmental sustainability in the University's Physical Resources Department.)

The University was among the first 21 higher-education institutions in Illinois to be honored in November in recognition of its leadership in college-campus sustainability.
“Investing in sustainability creates jobs, boosts our economy and is an investment in our future,” Quinn said during an awards ceremony held on Friday, Nov. 16, in Oak Brook, Ill.

The University was recognized as a bronze level school within the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact, achieving its commitment to create a sustainability program and to engage the Roosevelt community in the sustainability initiative.

It is the first time that college campuses have been considered for the state’s sustainability awards.

“We are pleased to be among the first universities in the state to be recognized for our green efforts,” said Paul Matthews, assistant vice president of campus planning and operations at the University.
Through the efforts of Matthews and his team, the University has made great strides this year in green planning, reducing its waste stream, recycling and in outreach to students, faculty and staff about the need to conserve resources.

“We have pledged to continue our efforts in the coming year in engaging our community and in meeting new goals that will further reduce the University’s resource consumption,” said Matthews. “Our team of faculty, staff and students will be working together to launch a number of new projects in the coming year,” he said.

In recognizing Roosevelt, nine other four-year higher education institutions as well as 11 community colleges across the state, Quinn said he hoped the new college campus sustainability awards would “foster innovation and encourage our universities and businesses to help us build a stronger, greener Illinois.”

The framed bronze-level recognition from the state is on display near the elevators on the first and 14th floors of the University’s new 32-story Wabash Building in Chicago, which recently was recognized with Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  A copy of the framed recognition also can be viewed in the rotunda at the University’s Schaumburg Campus.