Sacred Heart University is the recipient of the Santa Energy Green Business Award, which is presented to a candidate that displays comprehensive steps for sustainability across multiple departments and operational functions to meet community-based responsibilities for the environment.
Paul Healy, executive director of campus operations, emergency management and public safety, submitted the 20-page application to the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
“The award means we are meeting and exceeding our goal as a corporate entity for environmental compliance and stewardship as a member of the greater Fairfield County community,” Healy said.
The application outlined several green approaches by faculty, students and staff at Sacred Heart. For example, the campus operations department instills energy-usage awareness by promoting gas and electric data through an energy dashboard.
Also, the university community has implemented a single-stream recycling system that resulted in a steady decline in the cumulative waste and an increase in recycled materials.
The campus public safety team uses hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles such as Ford Fusions and Ford Escapes that resulted in approximate savings of $25,000.
Other environmental actions include partnerships with United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas to implement energy efficiency retrofit, renovation and new construction projects resulting in a $650,000 energy cost savings over the past decade.
Sacred Heart has used green products for cleaning, paper products and landscaping.
Healy also said that Sacred Heart is committed to teaching students a blend of social, environmental and moral responsibilities while they pursue their chosen academic studies. He believes that students have the ability and responsibility to take the lead in preserving and protecting our natural resources for future generations.
Students contribute by running an environmental club, Green SHUs, that serves as a common interest group involved in education, action and outreach relating to various environmental issues.
The Bridgeport Regional Business Council presented the award on June 6.