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Sustainability Central to Life and Learning at Villanova University

Earth Day ’11 Culminates Notable Year for Villanova’s Sustainability Efforts

Villanova Celebrates Earth Day Early with Events Scheduled for April 14-15

VILLANOVA, Pa. – From academic facilities, residence halls and dining services, to research and curricula, sustainability is central to life and learning at Villanova University.

The 2010-11 academic year was a notable one for Villanova’s sustainability efforts.  It brought with it another LEED-certified building and center of research, as well as new dining service initiatives and academic offerings.  Villanova was recognized for its sustainability efforts by multiple organizations during the last year. The University was named: an “overall sustainability leader” by the Sustainable Endowments Institute; one of the nation’s “greenest” colleges or universities by the Sierra Club in its Annual “Cool Schools” Ranking; and one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges in the country, according to The Princeton Review.

Villanova will celebrate 2011 Earth Day a week early due to the upcoming Easter Break, which begins April 20.  On April 14-15, the University will host a series of events in celebration of the 41st annual Earth Day.  The following Earth Day events are free and open to the public:

Thursday, April 14

Earth Day Keynote Address, Connelly Center Cinema, 7 p.m.
Jennifer Redfearn, producer/director of the movie “Sun Come Up,” which was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award, will introduce her documentary on climate change refugees.

Friday, April 15

Celebration of Sustainability – Connelly Center (Lower Level), 11 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Eco-vendors, environmental organizations, campus environmental initiatives, green jobs, solar power demonstrations, Dining Services samples and environmental science student research will be on display.

Farmer’s Market – Lower Level, Connelly Center (outdoors)
Dining Services has arranged for local vendors, including area farmers, to offer locally grown and produced products.

Earth Day Lecture – Dougherty West Lounge, 2 p.m.
Dr. Mark Wallace, Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College: “Earth-based Spirituality: Why Religion is Vital for Saving the Planet.”

As a Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education, Villanova University has an obligation and commitment to exercise leadership in promoting and reinforcing environmental responsibility by integrating ethical, social, economic, and ecological values of environmentally sustainable development into its curriculum, research, and institutional policy and practice.

In 2004, Villanova University formally implemented the Campus Environmental Sustainability Policy, pledging the university to sustainable practices. Upon his appointment as the university’s 32nd president in 2007, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., further reinforced Villanova’s commitment to sustainability by the signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Villanova recently submitted its formal Climate Action Plan (CAP) to the ACUPCC, setting forth the year 2050 as the University’s target date for net climate neutrality.

Click here for more information on Villanova’s Commitment to Sustainability.

Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova’s faculty experts in the field of environmental sustainability provide academic programs including the master’s degree in sustainable engineering; the first-year “Nature and the World” learning community; bachelor’s degrees in environmental science, environmental studies, and environmental biology/ecology; a biology master’s degree, graduate certificate, and advanced graduate certificate with a concentration in ecology, evolution, and organismal biology; a master’s degree in water resources and environmental engineering, and a graduate certificate in urban water resources design.