BW Receives Northeast Ohio Environmental Award for 2009

Baldwin Wallace received a Northeast Ohio Environmental Award for 2009 from Dominion East Ohio and the Biodiversity Alliance during a  ceremony at Cleveland's Museum of Natural History. The College was recognized in the "Higher Education" category for its sustainability major, the first such undergraduate major in the state.

Biodiversity Alliance, a partnership for global conservation, and Dominion, one of the nation's largest energy producers, sponsor the awards, now in their third year. The program recognizes outstanding achievements of organizations, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of environmental initiatives throughout the region. The awards also honor those that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership and accomplishment in their respective fields. Winners in each category received a $2,500 award. A panel of independent judges evaluated all entries.

Of BW's entry, the sponsors noted: "Baldwin Wallace University is working hard to become a regional and national academic leader in sustainability. In 2008, the college launched Ohio's first undergraduate interdisciplinary major in sustainability, offering three tracks of concentration: science, social sciences/humanities and business. Practical campus-wide sustainability initiatives include: an industrial scale composting program; a 40-percent reduction in paper waste; using geothermal heating and cooling systems in all new and renovated large building projects; and converting kitchen grease into biodiesel fuel for campus vehicles."

Other winners this year were Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, Cleveland; The Lube Stop, Inc., Berea; and Emmett Keller, Garrett Morgan School, Cleveland.

Biodiversity Alliance is a consortium established by the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and The Holden Arboretum.

"The Dominion Foundation, philanthropic arm of our parent company, Dominion Resources Inc., funds these awards as part of its ongoing commitment to the economic, physical and social health of the communities our company serves," noted Bruce Klink, Dominion East Ohio president.

"Biodiversity Alliance is honored to partner with the Dominion Foundation in recognizing our environmental leaders in Northeast Ohio," said Cathi Lehn, Ph. D., Biodiversity Alliance conservation program coordinator. "This year, as in years past, the selection of award recipients was a difficult task for our judges, due to the high number of quality conservation programs nominated in the region. We hope that these awards encourage others to follow the examples set by these outstanding award recipients."

For more information on sustainabiity at BW, go to www.bw.edu/academics/sustainability.
 

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