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Leadership Role in Sustainability Earns BW a Crain's Emerald Award

Recognized as "a rising regional and national star in green education," Baldwin Wallace University is the recipient of a Crain's Cleveland Business 2010 Emerald Award for its leadership role in both teaching and implementing sustainable business practices.

A finalist for an Emerald Award for the second year in a row, BW was honored in the higher education category for its foresight and commitment to sustainability.  Students and the business community benefit from ongoing programs that include undergraduate and graduate degree studies as well as outreach efforts such as the Institute for Sustainable Business Practice, Sustainability Symposium and other programs.

"A rising regional and national star in green education, Baldwin Wallace was the first in Ohio to offer an undergraduate major and minor in sustainability," said Brian Tucker, Crain's publisher/vice president/editorial director, at the awards ceremony.  "This successful program was followed by the regionís first MBA in Sustainability.

"Reaching out beyond its students," he continued," the Institute for Sustainable Business Practice actively collaborates with local companies on triple bottom line (profits, planet and people) outcomes for competitive advantage in the global economy. 

Tucker went on to praise the College for reducing its fossil fuel energy consumption by 60 percent in buildings using geothermal heating/cooling and significantly cutting paper waste.

"Their goal is to become a zero-waste organization and a key academic institution for the enhanced well-being of Northeast Ohio," Tucker noted.

Comprehensive Commitment by Campus Community
"This award recognizes the dedication of students, faculty and staff working together," emphasized BW President Dick Durst.  "Four years ago we made a commitment to being a leader in sustainability.

"The Emerald Award is another affirmation we are making significant strides to be educators for our students and the corporate community as well as practitioners on our own campus," he noted.

Leading Academic Programs Boost Career Marketability for a Growing Field
The first college in Ohio to offer a bachelor's degree in sustainability and MBA in sustainability, BW combines theory with hands-on, real-world experiences.  The programs prepare students to become agents of change in developing and implementing sustainable business practices.  Internships and consulting projects are built into the programs, giving  students insights and work experiences that will impress employers.

Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Environmental Footprint
With a commitment to employing green practices on campus, BW is increasing the number of campus buildings utilizing geothermal heating/cooling, light sensors, recyclable carpeting and renewable energy units.  In addition to the four-building Thomas Family Center for Science and Innovation, BW is utilizing these resources in its Conservatory of Music expansion which is underway.  In addition, the College will be offering a "sustainability house" for students interested in living in a residence hall dedicated to green practices.

Recent accomplishments include installation of a wind turbine, use of an industrial-size composter that removes nearly all food services food waste, and a unit that converts used kitchen grease into fuel for campus vehicles, among other ongoing efforts.

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