The Conservation Foundation certifies Lewis University

The Conservation Foundation certifies Lewis University

Published: May 15, 2012.

Conservation@Home through The Conservation Foundation recently certified Lewis University. The award, which focuses on the Lewis main campus in Romeoville, was announced in the Winter/Spring issue of The Heron, the Foundation’s publication. The foundation praised Lewis University for conserving natural resources in a sustainable manner, protecting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff as well as the surrounding community, and promoting environmental education, local action and global awareness.

Lewis University has exhibited its dedication to sustainability in various ways. Lewis university has a recycling program; two rainwater harvesting systems to catch rainwater for lawn watering rather than use potable water. It implements “best management” stormwater practices, such as bioswales and prairie restoration areas. It also has hydration stations on campus in efforts to reduce the use of plastic bottles.

Many of the projects mentioned were initiated by the UEECC, which is led by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, and co-conveners Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President for Finance and Facilities, and Dr. Jerry Kavouras, Associate Professor of Biology. UEECC members include: Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC, Don Castello and Ryan Koerner, Mushtaq Choudhary, Dr. Jennifer Consilio and Dr. Simone Muench, Brother Thomas Dupré, FSC, Dr. James V. Rago, Dr. James Tallon, Steven Zlatic, Mary Adams and Clare Shaughnessy, alternates from the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Ken Osmun of Wight and Company and Juan Perez of Sodexo Services. Student members are Olivia Chesniak, Kaitlyn Curtis, Samantha Payne and Alison Wozniak.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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