Residential & Dining Enterprises received a 2019 Sustainability Innovation Award from APPA at their annual conference held in July. According to APPA, institutions that receive this award must have implemented a significant or transformative program that benefits the educational institution while supporting student success and environmental stewardship. Several of R&DE's sustainability initiatives contributed to the recognition, including its utility data management strategy and green cleaning program. The green cleaning program has expanded to 41 campus buildings, reducing chemicals purchased and disposed of by over 3,000 gallons per year. R&DE also received recognition for its student internship program that enlists 20 students annually to perform innovative research on behavior change and operational practices. Students have audited plumbing, light fixtures, and waste receptacles, have tested communication and incentive strategies, and have analyzed and developed new technologies that collect and manage energy and waste data.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019