AUNE has won amagazine’s third annual competition among statewide businesses.
The university was chosen by an independent panel of judges, who recognized AUNE’s leadership in implementing sustainable practices that are environmentally-friendly and good for the bottom line.
Business NH presented awards in three categories: Green Practices, Green Building, and Green Products. Antioch University New England received the honor in the Green Practices category for its energy efficiency, energy savings and sustainability processes. AUNE has been a leader in integrating sustainability into its educational curricula and its operations, research and engagement efforts, as well as in energy conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The school maintains comprehensive conservation programs in the areas of energy, sourcing, recycling, waste disposal, food, landscaping, transportation, and construction, among others.
In 2010, AUNE, which has one of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions rates among educational institutions of its caliber, adopted a ten-year climate action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2020. AUNE’s president, Dr. David Caruso, is among a select group of signatories to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
At the awards breakfast President Caruso had the opportunity to share AUNE’s energy reducing initiatives. Some of the initiatives he described included AUNE’s Carbon Counts/You Can Too program, the Green Guru program and the Green Bikes loaner bike program. “As a result of these efforts we have seen a steady decline in electrical usage each year for four straight years amounting to a cumulative 33 percent reduction,” he noted.
When asked AUNE has partnered with Clean Air-Cool Planet, is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR partner.
The Lean & Green Awards reception was held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center. The keynote speaker was Cameron Wake, research associate professor at the University of New Hampshire and director of Carbon Solutions New England, who discussed New Hampshire’s environmental challenges and possible solutions.
Fellow award winners were The Mount Washington Cog Railway, in Bretton Woods; Newmarket International, in Portsmouth; AutoFair, in Manchester; Kalwall Corporation, in Manchester; and The Nature of Things, in Nashua.
Congratulations also go to alumna Deborah Gleeson, co-founder of The Nature of Things, a business that provides educational services with an environmental focus. , the first school in New Hampshire to be awarded LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, is a Nature of Things business. Deborah is the founder and principal of the school.
The Lean & Green awards story is featured in the August issue of Business NH, which is on the newsstands now.