DU scores high marks on green report card
The University o Denver hit the books last year on sustainability,and this month’s “Green Report Card” shows the rewards o hard work.The 2010 Sustainable Endowments Institute’s CollegeSustainability Report Card gives DU a B-plus grade, animprovement over last year’s B-minus. The higher gradestems rom improvements in several categories, including en-dowment transparency, administrative leadership and com-mitment to combating climate change.Lyndsay Agans, chair o the DU Sustainability Council, saysshe’s happy with the grade but says there is room or improvement.DU dropped a grade in the “green building” category despite anumber o new buildings recognized as “green” by nationally acceptedbuilding standards. Tom McGee, DU’s energy engineer, says the reason or the drop may be due to some reporting mandates that will be rectied this year.Regionally, DU was a strong perormer on the report. The top rating in the RockyMountain Region went to the University o Colorado, which earned an A-minus. DU’s B-plus tied or second with Colorado College. Further down the list, University o Colorado-ColoradoSprings, University o Montana-Missoula and University o Utah rated Bs. Colorado State Univer-sity earned a C-plus and the Colorado School o Mines trailed with a D-plus. The lowest-ratedschool in the region is Brigham Young University, with a D-minus.The institute proled 332 schools through 48 indicators — including building assessments,recycling programs and endowment investment policies — to create the ratings. The institute is aspecial project o the Rockeeller Philanthropy Advisors and is based in Cambridge, Mass.>>www.greenreportcard.org.
New program helps undergrads explore Denver
Denver oers many cultural and scientic acilities, and now DU undergraduate students canexplore some o the city’s gems or ree.The new Explore Denver program provides ree tickets to undergraduates or the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Zoo, the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Museum o Natureand Science. The program also oers deeply discounted tickets to Denver Center or the Per- orming Arts perormances. For instance, tickets to the musical
are available or $10.Explore Denver is an initiative o DU’s Undergraduate Student Government — ormerly the AUSA Senate — and the Student Comptroller’s oce, and the tickets are unded by thestudent activity ee. The Undergraduate Student Government has allocated $30,000 or theprogram this year.“Part o being a student at DU is enjoying what Denver has to oer and being an active par- ticipant in the lie o the city,” says Carl Johnson, director o student programming and Greek lie.“There is so much to do here, it’s just a matter o choosing what to do.”“This program is a great and inexpensive way or students to get o campus and enjoy themany attractions that the city o Denver has to oer,” says Antoine Perretta, president o theUndergraduate Student Government. “Students will be able to broaden their cultural experi-ences by attending shows, visiting the museums, and enjoying the outdoors.”Faculty members are encouraged to utilize the ree tickets or class outings.Tickets are available at the Explore Denver ticketing counter on the rst foor o DriscollNorth. The ticket desk is open Monday–Friday rom 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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