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Villanova University Recognized as an Overall Sustainability Leader by Sustainable Endowments Institute, a Project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Villanova Earns Top Marks for Environmental Responsibility in Administration, Climate Change & Energy, Food & Recycling, Green Building, Investment Priorities, and Shareholder Engagement

VILLANOVA, Pa., Oct. 27, 2010 – Villanova University—a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment—was recognized today as one of the 52 most environmentally-responsible universities in the U.S. and Canada in the annual College Sustainability Report Card. Earlier this year, Villanova submitted a formal Climate Action Plan outlining its intention to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

The College Sustainability Report Card, also called the “Green Report Card,” is published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. It identifies colleges that exemplify best practices in environmental responsibility. The goal of the Report Card is to enable colleges to learn from one another and to thereby establish more effective sustainability policies.

Among 322 schools, Villanova received an overall grade of “A-” for its university-wide initiatives. This grade is based on performance in sustainability indicators across 9 categories. Villanova earned an “A” in several categories, including Administration, Climate Change & Energy, Food & Recycling, Green Building, Investment Priorities, and Shareholder Engagement.

Villanova’s strong commitment to the environment is rooted in its Catholic Augustinian intellectual tradition and mission. For example, Villanova’s social responsibility investment policy endorses the principles espoused in the guidelines issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which include the promotion of human dignity and the protection of the environment.

University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., emphasizes the link between Villanova’s mission and the environment. “As an academic community, we understand the danger of ignoring the needs of our planet, and we recognize that all life forms on earth inherently deserve our respect,” he says. Further, he explains that sustainability encompasses issues including social justice, poverty, and global health. “All human beings depend upon the stability of our environment, and we are therefore dedicated to addressing the climate crisis in every way we can.”

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