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Green Energy Ohio awards ceremony postponed until October

By Mark Gokavi and Shawn Robinson

The University of Dayton will receive Green Energy Ohio's Green Achievement Award in Academia at an awards ceremony now scheduled for Oct. 23 at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Governmental restrictions on large gatherings caused the postponement of the event that honors individuals, businesses, universities, nonprofits, and government and community entities for promoting sustainable energy policies, technologies and practices and educating Ohioans on renewable resources and energy conservation and efficiency.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Brewster Rhoads will receive lifetime achievement awards while honors also will be presented to UD, Fifth Third Bank, the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

UD earned its award on the strength of its curriculum, research, ranking in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), Green Revolving Fund and sustainability investments such as solar arrays at Fitz Hall and Curran Place.

UD has a gold STARS rating; its score ranks in the top 3 percent of all rated schools, first in Ohio, and second among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities. The Green Revolving Fund, launched in 2016, supports energy-saving improvements on campus, sustainability-related research and hands-on learning opportunities for students.

In the last decade, UD has accumulated more than $1.2 million in Dayton Power and Light rebates, which it has used to seed the Green Revolving Fund. The solar panel and pollinator prairie at Curran Place improves the efficiency of the panels.

UD started a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in sustainability this academic year that adds to sustainability program academic offerings that include a minor and a 12-credit-hour graduate certificate. UD also has a master's program in renewable and clean energy.

UD has been ranked in Sierra magazine's "Cool Schools" list the past two years. It is the top-ranked school in the Midwest and ranks third among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities. UD also is one of the 399 most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation, according to The Princeton ReviewGuide to 399 Green Colleges.

The University is part of Second Nature's Carbon Commitment; "We're Still In," which supports climate action to meet the Paris Agreement; the Global Catholic Climate Movement; and the U.N. Global Compact — the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.

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