The Arbor Day Foundation has named The Catholic University of America a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management.
The Catholic University of America appears as No. 15 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Top 20 College and University list of the largest green power purchasers.
- Catholic University Team Chosen for 2013 Solar Decathlon
|The Spring 2009 issue of CUA Magazine features a cover story on green initiatives at CUA and by CUA alumni|
- The University is featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges.”
- The university recognizes students for their solar picnic table design and announces the addition of 440 solar panels to the more than 1,000 panels already installed on four campus buildings.
- Six graduate students in architecture, sustainable design and engineering were named winners in Catholic University’s first solar-design competition.
- Catholic University students look to the heavens for inspiration as they compete in a new solar-design challenge that began in February 2010.
- In January 2010, solar-panel system installed on the rooftops of four campus buildings began producing electricity.
- Work on a campus solar-energy system began the week of Nov. 9, 2009, when two cranes lifted 100 pallets of panels, ballast and racking to the roofs of Flather, Gibbons and Aquinas halls and the Raymond A. Dufour Athletic Center.
- CUA partnered with the Casey Trees Foundation and planted 60 trees on campus in April and October of 2009 to help increase the tree canopy of Washington, D.C.
- The CUA president issues a statement on Earth Week and Earth Day 2009.
- In January 2009, CUA opened Opus Hall, the first new LEED-compliant student residence hall in Washington, D.C. Now home for 400 students, Opus Hall boasts a highly insulated building shell, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and appliances and mechanical systems that meet EPA Energy Star specifications.
- In 2008, CUA received an Award of Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for recycling efforts.
- In 2002, CUA first partnered with Washington Gas Energy Services and became the first university in the Washington area to purchase a portion of its electricity (12 percent) through wind power.