Daemen Wins Sustainability Award for Environmentally-Friendly Efforts

April 16, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College has been selected to receive a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) New York Upstate Chapter.

Daemen President Gary A. Olson will accept the award on behalf of the college at a presentation scheduled for 1 p.m. April 22 on the first floor of the Research and Information Commons. Also in attendance will be Aliesa Adelman, who serves on the chapter’s board of directors, and Dr. Brenda Young, chair of the global and local sustainability program at Daemen.

“This honor underscores Daemen’s steadfast dedication and support of campus sustainability and green initiatives that are important to improving our environment,” said Olson. “We are proud of the culture of sustainability that exists at Daemen and excited to have the collaborative efforts of our faculty, staff and students recognized by the USGBC.”

The USGBC New York Upstate Chapter’s Green Schools Recognition Program celebrates colleges, universities and K-12 schools that integrate sustainable principles and design into campus activities. Daemen earned a program award in honor of its campus-wide green initiatives, including construction of two LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold buildings, curriculum focused on sustainability, extensive tree plantings on campus, and college-wide practices to minimize waste and promote recycling. 

Adelman emphasized that “Daemen has become a model for creating a campus that’s environmentally-friendly through its green building projects and daily practices. The U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter is proud to support Daemen’s efforts and present the college this certificate.”

The upstate chapter, which includes 53 counties in the state, provides unparalleled opportunity through education, advocacy and celebration to accelerate change and help shape the future of green buildings. The organization promotes environmentally responsible, healthy and profitable places to live, work, learn, shop, and heal.

“Daemen is committed to improving its campus operations to be more sensitive of its environmental impact and has implemented efforts that are making a difference,” said Young. “Even more, the college’s degree program in global and local sustainability is helping to educate future leaders on sustainable business practices, green building, design, water issues, and other areas that promote community vitality and health.”

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