Sustainable Centre: Awards and Partnerships

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February 2013

For the third year in a row, Centre is named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Full story. To find out more click here. The College was also re-certified by the EPA Green Power Partner program. Click here to find out more.


November 2012

Centre receives grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be used towards creating a composting system on campus. All pre- and post-consumer waste from Cowan Dining Hall will be composted and used in landscaping and gardening across campus. Full story.

March 2012

The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Centre College as a Tree Campus USA. The award signifies that Centre is dedicated to “sustainable campus forestry.” Members of the Centre community have planted trees across campus. Full story. To find out more click here.


April 2011

Centre is once again selected by the USGBC and The Princeton Review as one of America’s top-rated green colleges and is included in the 2011 Guide to Green Colleges compilation. Full story.


March 2011

Centre earns Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 from the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota. Full story. To find out more click here.


February 2011

The Campus Center is awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmentally friendly design and construction. Full story.


November 2010

The College receives another two-year grant for an Associated Colleges of the South/Mellon-funded Environmental Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, which allows the College to continue having a post-doctoral teaching fellow in environmental ethics or environmental policy. This newly funded position will continue to enhance Centre's environmental studies minor, both in and out of the classroom. Full story.


Centre College is selected as a Judges’ Choice award winner by College Planning & Management’s Sustainability and Innovation Awards for 2010.


August 2010

On August 16, the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The MOU between the EPA and ACS affirm that both parties are committed to enhancing environmental stewardship and sustainability. The MOU will serve as a mechanism to increase cooperation in areas of mutual interest between the EPA and ten colleges in the ACS consortium located within EPA Region 4. Full story.


July 2010

Centre’s information technology department joins with Dell Computer in the “Plant a Tree for Me” campaign, an effort to offset CO2 emissions related to the use of an extended selection of IT products. By simply adding the “Plant a Tree for Me” option while configuring a new purchase, Dell will donate money toward planting trees at the College. Full story.


April 2010

Centre is selected by the USGBC and The Princeton Review as one of America’s top-rated green colleges and is included in the inaugural Guide to Green Colleges compilation. Full story.


November 2009

E.ON. presents Centre and its students with the company’s first-ever “favorite non-residential customer award” for students’ efforts with the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station. Full story.


The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) includes Centre students’ Green Fund initiative in their report “Generation E: Students Leading for a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future,” highlighting the unique and critical role college students play in forming sustainability programs that lower their campuses’ carbon footprints. Full story.


October 2009

Bluegrass Tomorrow—a regional coalition of businesses, farms and others who promote preservation and economic development in Central Kentucky—presents Centre with the prestigious “Vision Award for a Green Community” for Pearl Hall’s Gold LEED certification. Full story.


May 2009

Centre leads state in higher ed support of local energy production. The New York Times discusses college and universities across the country that are implementing student-voted green energy fees in order to promote sustainability and conservation on campuses. Centre College is among these institutions. Full story. To find out more about the EPA Green Power Partnership click here.


April 2009

Pearl Hall is awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmentally friendly design and construction. Pearl Hall is Kentucky’s first LEED Gold building and has the highest LEED rating for any residential facility in the state. What makes Pearl Hall green?


March 2009

Pearl Hall wins Heart of Danville’s “Downtown Investment Heart of Gold Award” for the remarkable investment made by its construction in downtown Danville. Full story.