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Recycling in the dorms just got a lot easier - all dorm rooms on campus now come with both a trash can and a recycling bin! We recently distributed more than 1,000 recycling bins to all the dorms on campus. Now, students can easily sort their recyclable items from those that will be sent to landfills in their rooms. We expect our diversion rate to increase even more now that all dorm residents have a blue bin in their rooms reminding them to consider the environment and recycle all plastic bottles, paper and more. 


 > USF Earns "A-" For Environmental Efforts


The University of San Francisco has earned an A- on the latest College Sustainability Report Card.USF continues to make steady progress, raising its gradeRecycle Logo from 2010 when it earned a B+. The report card is the only independent sustainability evaluation of campus operations and endowment investments in the U.S. Published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, it assesses more than 300 public and private colleges and universities with the largest endowments.

>USF Dumps Plastic Water Bottles  
 Water refilling station

Filling up a water bottle on the University of San Francisco campus will become easier this fall after dozens of existing water fountains are upgraded to encourage the use of reusable bottles. The university stopped selling plastic water bottles in the cafeteria as a part of their efforts to reduce waste and become more sustainable.

>USF's 2011 Sustainability Report Card Grade  

The Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability. The aim is to provide accessible information for schools to learn from one another's experiences, enabling them to establish more effective sustainability policies. Click above to see USF's grades.


 Sustainability Grade


 >USF Makes Strides Towards Greener Campus 

The University of San Francisco is stepping up efforts to reduce its environmental impact, with initiatives to cut bottled water consumption on campus, improve recycling, and increase the amount of solar power generated by photovoltaic cells.

USF MBA Club Targets Ban of Plastic Water Bottle Sales

USF Plants Seeds for a Sustainable Campus  (USF Magazine Fall 2008)

USF News Fall 2008 Cover Page Green Side Rooftop Solar Array

Article discusses the addition of a photovoltaic array on the fifth building on campus. Formation of the Green Team (Sustainability Committee) in October 2007 and some of the initiatives this committee is supporting including an effort to reduce the purchase and use of plastic water bottles by using refillable bottles and drinking tap water. Efforts by Bon Appetit (campus food vendor) in switching to compostable flatware to assist the composting program as well as other sustainability measures supported by this company as a corporation. Other initiatives include increasing bicycling to campus, starting composting in the residence halls, and campus-wide installation of energy efficient light fixtures and light bulbs. An upcoming major addition to campus sustainability efforts will come with the construction of the new Center for Science and Innovation.


Center for Science and Innovation  (link to USF web site describing project)


CSI Campus Representation Graphic


While still on the horizon, USF’s biggest commitment to creating a sustainable campus is a new $60 million Center for Science and Innovation that will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Anticipated to break ground in the next few years, the four-story science facility, at the south end of Harney Science Center, is being designed to house labs and classrooms for all the sciences, including biology, physics, and chemistry. The state-of-the-art facility will incorporate the most efficient water and energy technologies, along with recycled construction materials. 


Teaching Green at USF  (USF Magazine Fall 2008)

The University of San Francisco offers a number of environment-related courses across a variety of disciplines, from business to architecture to law (see list below). To learn more about these courses click on the link.

  • International Environmental Law (Alice Kaswan, Professor – Law)
  • Climate Change Mitigation (Stephanie Ohshita, Assistant Professor – Environmental Science)
  • GIS for Environmental Science (David Saah, Assistant Professor – Environmental Science)
  • Introduction to Sustainable Business (Todd Sayre, Associate Professor – Accounting)
  • International Projects (Seth Wachtel, Assistant Professor – Architecture and Community Design)

 Green Means Go: Creating a Sustainable World  (USF Magazine Fall 2008)

Laura Wainer (MSEM 2006) Wetland Research Picture

Article highlights the wetland restoration work by Laura Wainer (MSEM '06) a recent graduate of the Masters in Environmental Management (MSEM) Program as one of many "green" jobs that USF graduates are finding in the SF Bay Area's green job market.

Sustainable Business Class First Of Its Kind  (USF Magazine Fall 2005)

 Todd Sayre Photo Professor Green Business

Article reports that Accounting Professor Todd Sayre has created a course on sustainable business, the first of its kind in the USF School of Business and Management and among the first offered at an American university. The point of Sayre's class is simple: How can corporations help sustain the earth? The answers are complex.Click on the link to read more about cross-pollination between business and the green movement.