USD President's Report 2009


an Intentional <6 ffort ·- ]t\ ow little water can a plant take and still thrive? Thaes the kind of question that Facilities Management workers keep in mind as they help the University of San Diego save miUions of gaUons of water each year in keeping with a duty to serve as stewards to our precious planet. The university 1 s focus on sustainability is supported by a mission built on core values 1 which includes a devotion to the common good. ln addition to grounds and facilities 1 these green efforts encompass campus dining 1 transportation 1 student life and other departments around the university. One milestone worth noting is the recently completed Student Life Pavilion 1 which received the U .S. Green Building Council 1 s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 1 or LEED 1 certification for efforts in sustainability such as recycling and renewable energy usagej the edifice even has a 11 green 11 roof featuring an herb garden. Other specific efforts on campus include moving toward more efficient heating 1 venti- lation and air conditioning systems 1 bringing solar energy to campus and making sure a[[ new students receive information on energy 1 materials and resources conservation. c$

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"ti community is e _group of men and momen mho heoe found the truth in Ohrist and in l~is _gospel, end mho follom the truth end join together to follom it more strongly." - Osrnr Uomero Osrnr Uomero,a11 archbishop in El Safvado,; (1(/vornted for an end to oppression i11 his rnuntry and fi,r simple Christian decency fi,r the poor Uomero was renowned for speaking out against 11iole11ce and rnrruption. Tragically, JO years ago,apaid assassin shot him to death while Uomero performed a fi111era/ Mass.

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'The university'.~ strategic forns 011 rnstainability aligns with our forn s on Catholic Social Though t: care for (;od 's aealion is one of I he seven key principles ofCST" - Michael Catanzaro 'Of, interim direflor for rnstainability

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