University Given Environmental Excellence Award

Univ. Communications – This December, the University of Rochester was recognized at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s 8th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony. Amy Kadrie, the University’s recycling coordinator (right), and Pat Beaumont, director of support operation (middle), accepted the award from Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens (left). The DEC honored the “Go Green! Conserve and Save” program, citing the success of the University’s diverse efforts to promote sustainability on campus.

Over the last three years, the University has increased its efforts to promote sustainability, starting with the formation of the Council on Sustainability in 2008. To promote recycling among faculty, staff, and students, the University supplies and manages a variety of bins throughout campus and each year, residence halls compete in the “UR Unplugged” program to see which one can achieve the greatest energy reductions. The University also partners with local charities during the “Move Out & Clean Out” program to collect and donate clothing, shoes, furniture and food.

As a result of these programs, Rochester has prevented nearly 95 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, reduced electricity use by more than 6.5 million kWh, saved nearly 8 million gallons of water and diverted almost 4,000 tons of waste from being landfilled.

Learn more about the University’s sustainability program at

Article written by Melissa Greco Lopes, editor of The Buzz and student life publicist in University Communications. Photo courtesy of Amy Kadrie, Recycling Coordinator at Rochester.