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Saint John's receives Target grant for sustainability efforts

Saint John's University recently received a $30,000 grant from Target to fund a proposal titled "Taking Bold Steps Toward Sustainability" and advance campus sustainability goals. 

 The funds have been committed to help underwrite a campus thermal energy/water metering study and the Year of Sustainability at CSB and SJU (2010-11 academic year). The student-driven year-long program hopes to gain all-campus buy-in on changes in purchasing policy, greening admission, influencing speaker choices and changing residential life policies.

 "The grant from Target will directly contribute to ratcheting up CSB and SJU's focus on sustainability," said Ernie Diedrich, CSB/SJU professor of economics and environmental studies. "Starting this spring with awareness-raising activities in the dorms, and a sustainability logo-selecting contest, we will be developing and encouraging initiatives through the next year and beyond to move our campuses further toward sustainability. We hope the Year of Sustainability will speed up our efforts to meet our goals to become climate neutral by 2035."

The 2010 Campus Energy Challenge at CSB and SJU was held in February and is a month-long conservation competition. The student housing buildings competed to achieve the greatest percentage reduction in energy use by the end of the month.

 CSB and SJU have joined 90 university campuses to participate in a pilot phase of a rating system for sustainability in higher education developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The institutions are also charter signatories of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

 More information about sustainability initiatives at CSB and SJU can be found at: http://www.csbsju.edu/sustainability

(April 23, 2010)