Tulane University Receives Campus Sustainability Leadership Award

November 3, 2008

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has given Tulane University its Campus Sustainability Leadership Award for the university’s efforts to help rebuild New Orleans as a healthier, more resilient and sustainable community.

While the award recognizes Tulane’s numerous “green” initiatives to conserve resources and protect the environment, judges were particularly impressed by the university’s commitment to the social and economic dimensions of sustainability within its community.

 Initiatives singled out include:

  • Tulane’s Center for Public Service, a division created post-Katrina to implement new public service requirements added to Tulane’s undergraduate curriculum.
  • The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, a think tank dedicated to revitalizing public education in New Orleans.
  • The School of Medicine’s initiative to open community health clinics across the city to offer high-quality preventative care to the uninsured.
  • Tulane’s Center for Bioenvironmental Research’s efforts to help develop the Holy Cross Historic District and Lower Ninth Ward Sustainable Restoration Plan, a neighborhood recovery map that emphasizes energy efficiency and climate-neutral redevelopment.

“The number of Tulanians who have contributed to public service and environmental efforts in the last two years has been remarkable, and it’s exciting to have this award recognize that,” said Liz Davey, program manager for Tulane’s Office of Environmental Affairs. “It really recognizes the totality of Tulane’s community service efforts.”

The AASHE also praised the university’s environmentally friendly efforts on campus. Tulane recently completed energy efficiency improvements on its uptown campus that will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 10 percent, Davey said. Tulane President Scott Cowen also recently signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the first step in developing a plan for Tulane to achieve climate neutrality.

The awards will be formally presented at the upcoming AASHE 2008 conference, Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond, Nov. 9-11 in Raleigh, NC. With over 1,700 registrants, the conference will be the largest gathering focused on campus sustainability to date in North America.

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. For more information, please visit:

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