Gonzaga Debuts at 99 on the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” list, Zag Dining a highlight of sustainable initiatives on campus

Gonzaga Debuts at 99 on the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” list, Zag Dining a highlight of sustainable initiatives on campus.

In its first year participating in ‘Cool Schools’, a Sierra Club program that ranks the greenest colleges in the USA, Gonzaga earned high enough marks to break into the top 100 greenest schools. The survey evaluated schools commitment to green practices split between ten categories ranging from energy use to academic policies and class offerings. Gonzaga’s final score 43.5 earned the 99 spot on Cool Schools ranking of US universities. GU’s highest scores came from the Food, Academics and Waste categories (8, 7 and 6.5 respectively out of 10 points possible). The University is currently creating a plan for sustainability and has been evaluating how it addresses and manages its environmental impacts.

Zag Dining is proud to have earned among the highest scores amid all schools in the Food subcategory. Our commitment to buying locally, composting at various facilities and exclusively purchasing sustainably harvested seafood all aided in earning high marks. Looking forward to next year we will continue to focus on highlighting low-impact vegetarian options and continuing in our partnership with CCASL/Campus Kitchen to ensure that food is not wasted.

Remember a few of these helpful hints to help us in our work to make Gonzaga one of the greenest campuses in the nation!

–         Remember to recycle plastics, paper and cans in receptacles throughout campus

–         Lug a bottle and drink tap water

–         Take advantage of composting on campus (offered outside of Dillon and Goller)

–         Unplug electronics when not in use

–         Limit shower time

Five other Washington colleges also managed to break the top 100 (UW #1, Evergreen State College #9, Western Washington University #14, Pacific Lutheran University #24 and Seattle University #34 respectively). More information can be found at the Sierra Club’s website: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201109/coolschools/default.aspx



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