Sonoma State University's modeling of sound environmental practices in its facilities, operations and teaching of the next generation of environmental leaders has earned it a 2011 Best Practice Award from the Business Environmental Alliance of Sonoma County.
Nominated by the North Bay Leadership Council, SSU is one of 17 organizations and businesses that will be honored at the 10th Annual Business Leaders Breakfast on March 11 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. Senior Director for Capital Planning, Design and Construction Christopher Dinno will receive the award for the university.
This recognition applauds the strong commitment to incorporating sustainability into academic programs and operations that the University has made over the last decade. In 2010, SSU was proud to be recognized by the Princeton Review Green Guide as one of 286 colleges leading the nation in sustainable practices.
"Successes in academic planning, building construction, renovation projects, and energy and resource use practices, and future plans are evidence of a long-term commitment to a sustainable future," the BEA award notes.
SSU has reduced average energy use by 55% since 1975 and is 33% lower than the average CSU campus. Its energy portfolio is now 10% renewable, and the campus has reduced waste diversion by 58% between 2001 and 2007.
The Business Environmental Alliance works with the Sonoma County business community to help firms reap the economic and community benefits of environmentally sound business practices. The Alliance offers free waste, water and energy audits, as well as an "information clearinghouse" online of resources for green rebates and technologies.
For a complete list of honorees, and more information on the BEA and its mission and history, visit www.SonomaBEA.org.