Duquesne has been named a 2011 Enviro-Star award winner by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) in recognition of the University’s voluntary pollution prevention efforts.
The ACHD annually designates businesses and organizations that are leaders in their commitment to local communities and the environment as awardees. The Enviro-Star program was developed to encourage those in Allegheny County to practice pollution prevention by publicizing the positive environmental and economic experiences of organizations that are already doing so.
Pollution prevention is defined by the ACHD as the act of reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.
Duquesne University was most recently named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review in its Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition. For more than 13 years, Duquesne has produced most of its electricity from its on-campus cogeneration plant and relies totally on clean energy because of its energy generation and purchase of wind power credits.
Read more about Duquesne’s sustainability efforts.