The Catholic University of America

"Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!" Pope Francis, May 2014

Sustainability at CUA

The Catholic University of America is committed to supporting a sustainable environment on campus in its landscaping, facilities maintenance, construction projects, energy use, and waste management. This commitment is demonstrated in campus operations and in academic program offerings.

 

Recycling

The University has partnered with Waste Management, North America’s largest residential recycler, to improve recycling efforts on campus.

> Recycling initiatives at CUA
> CUA's single-stream recycling

Recycling Report

Facts and figures about CUA's recycling campaign.

Sepember 2014  
Landfilled 95.23 tons 60%
Diverted 62.24 tons 40%

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Green Energy

The University has taken action in several areas to increase its use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency.

> Energy initiatives at CUA
> Master Plan recommendations
> Interactive campus map

Green Environment

At CUA, environmental stewardship guides our approach to landscaping, facilities maintenance, building construction, and transportation.

> Environmental initiatives at CUA
> Master Plan recommendations
> Interactive campus map

Sustainability News

University Collects Material for Composting
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, the University began collecting compostable waste in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

Crough Center LEED EB: O+M Certified
Faculty, staff, students, and administrators gathered Monday, Sept. 15 to acknowledge the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies being designated LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB: O+M) certified.

Move-in Recycling Effort a Huge Success: Recycles 15.6 tons
The University placed seven 20-yard recycling containers around the residence halls from Aug. 18 to 24 to reduce landfill waste from the annual move-in process. The result was that 73 percent of the move-in waste was recycled.

CUA Students First to LEED Certify Building Through Course
CUA’s Crough Center has been designated LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB: O+M) certified. It is the first building in the world to be certified by students as part of a formal course.

Improved Recycling, Composting Measures

In an effort to decrease landfill waste, the University’s Office of Facilities Operations has partnered with Waste Management to improve recycling efforts on campus.

University Recognized for Tree Management

Catholic University has been recognized as a 2013 Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation for the third consecutive year.

D.C. Solar Decathlon Team Places Seventh
The first-ever Washington, D.C., team to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, placed in the top five universities for six of the 10 total contests in the elite international competition.

Keynote to Highlight Wildlife Conservation
Biology research symposium keynote speaker will address worldwide wildlife conservation.

Solar Decathlon House Revealed
Students from three District of Columbia universities revealed their energy-efficient home of the future today as they prepare to kick off a cross-country journey to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Solar Decathlon Send-Off Event
Members of Team Capitol DC will celebrate the completion of HARVEST HOME with a home blessing and tours open to the public.

Cardoza High School Helps Team Capitol DC in Solar Decathlon
Several members of Team Capitol DC visited Francis L. Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C., last week to invite high school students to help build furniture for Harvest House, a home being built on CUA’s campus for the Solar Decathlon competition.

CUA Recognized as Top Green Power Purchaser
CUA was recognized today by the U.S. EPA as a 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge.

Earth Day Events
This month groups and departments across campus will celebrate sustainability in preparation for Earth Day on April 22.

Experts on Sustainability
Professors at The Catholic University of America are available to comment on topics related to sustainability including utilities management, LEED certification, energy management, sustainable design, and the reuse and recycling of materials.

Crough Center to Be LEED Certified by Students
Students from CUA’s LEED Lab met last week with University administrators and staff to review the final credits they need to earn LEED Existing Building Operations and Management (EB:O&M) certification for the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies. The Crough Center will be the first building in the nation to be LEED EB:O&M certified by students.

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