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WKU receives KPPC’s Environmental Sustainability Award for 2016

WKU has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s (KPPC) Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2016.  KPPC created the award in 2009 to recognize those Kentucky companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability by reducing waste, lowering energy use and practicing environmental stewardship. The award is presented each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

WKU Chief Facilities Officer Bryan Russell and other staff members accepted the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award for 2016.

WKU Chief Facilities Officer Bryan Russell (center) and other staff members accepted the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award for 2016.

This year’s winner, WKU, was founded in 1906 and now enrolls approximately 20,000 students at four campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Fort Knox. WKU has been actively engaged in sustainability efforts for a number of years, and has a very successful energy management program, academic programs related to sustainability, important research initiatives, and an overall culture of sustainability. WKU was a key contributor to KPPC’s Energy Efficiency Outreach and Training initiative in 2015-16, sharing their successes and hosting a workshop on campus.

KPPC is a state mandated technical service center and is part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville. The center provides technical service assessments at no cost to Kentucky businesses and industries and feels that it is important to recognize those companies that have made sustainability a part of their operations. There have been 12 Kentucky companies that have won the Environmental Sustainability Award since KPPC created the award program in 2009.

kppc-awardBryan Russell, Chief Facilities Officer at WKU, accepted the award in Bowling Green on Oct. 27. “I want to accept this award on behalf of our staff, students, faculty and our campus partners – especially those who practice and support our sustainability commitments – they’re the ones on the front lines who have made energy management, waste reduction and sustainability a priority on our campus and for our community,” he said.

More information about the annual Sustainability Award is available at www.kppc.org.

Contact: KPPC, (502) 852-0965

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