West Long Branch-based Monmouth University has been recognized as a New Jersey Sustainable Business, joining small businesses across the state on the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry. The University achieved this recognition through pursuing green initiatives on campus, such as the development of the Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC), environmentally friendly purchasing, waste reduction, reuse, recycling, energy efficiency, and air quality improvements, among other accomplishments.
Launched by the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and several other business and non-profit partners including the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the registry was created to recognize and promote sustainable businesses across the state. Businesses that have implemented at least five sustainable practices are eligible to receive recognition.
The first private institution of higher education in New Jersey to enter into a voluntary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the University has demonstrated its commitment as an environmental steward and pledged to reduce its carbon footprint.
“We are committed to pursuing green initiatives on campus, and all members of our campus community are active participants in this mission,” said Vice President for Administrative Services Patricia Swannack. “In a collaborative effort, we are constantly developing new ideas and programs to make the University more efficient and less wasteful. All across campus, you will see that we do the little things that make a big difference, from recycling, to conserving water, to shutting off equipment and lights when not in use.”
By the numbers: A commitment to sustainability
Monmouth University has been recognized as a NJDEP Environmental Steward since 2008 and was awarded the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in the clean air category in 2014 as well as the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in the environmental leadership category in 2012.
Named a Princeton Review Green College most recently in 2017, Monmouth University was recognized as the EPA’s largest green power user in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for 2016-2017, named a member of the EPA’s 2016 Green Power Club, earned a Merit Award from the Monmouth County Planning Board for its 2007 solar panel installation project, and was named the New Jersey Clean Energy School of the Year by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in 2006.
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