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Sustainability work earns 'Greatest Green Initiative' nod

Sept. 18, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Internal sustainability efforts at Western Michigan University have been singled out by a Michigan business publication and the University has been named one of a select group of West Michigan individuals and organizations that "exemplify the spirit of sustainability."

Business Review West Michigan has awarded its inaugural Green Award in the Greatest Green Initiative category to WMU. The University is one of 10 award winners and is the only higher education entity honored in the slate of awards that also singled out office furniture giant Herman Miller and the city of Grand Rapids.

The University's work was profiled in the Sept. 3 issue of Business Review West Michigan and campus sustainability leaders will be honored an a Sept. 24 award ceremony in Grand Rapids.

The magazine cited the past year of work at WMU as "a significant point in Western Michigan University's sustainability journey" and pointed to a number of green awareness initiatives.

  • Launch of a comprehensive sustainability Web site
  • Initiation of an LED pilot lighting project
  • Purchase of electric vehicles to begin transformation of the campus maintenance fleet
  • Commitment to the Southwest Michigan Region Sustainability Covenant
  • Achievement of LEED-EB gold certification for the Health and Human Services building; transfer of the practices and materials used in that building to facilities campuswide

The latest honor follows closely on news received in August that Princeton Review named WMU one Michigan's three most sustainable universities giving the University 92 points out of a possible 99 in measuring and analyzing its academic and operational commitment to sustainability. Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University were ranked as No. 1 and No. 2 in Michigan, respectively.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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