Keystone Wins Prestigious Award for Environmental Sustainability

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Posted: 11/12/2010

La Plume Keystone College has received a prestigious honor recognizing its ongoing commitment to protecting and preserving the environment.

Keystone received the Green Practices Award from the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce during the first-ever Scranton Awards For Growth and Excellence (SAGE) ceremony Thursday, Nov. 11 in downtown Scranton.

SAGE awards

From left: Howard Jennings, Keystone College professor and director of the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute; Daniel Major, Sodexo general manager/director of facilities; Kevin Wilson, vice president of finance and administration; Sharon Burke, Keystone College executive director of institutional advancement; Michael Lusk, Sodexo director of dining services; and Dr. Jerry Skinner, Keystone College professor.












The award, presented during a gala ceremony attended by over 400 guests, honors local organizations which “integrate sustainability as a core value and point of reference into their businesses and operational and corporate structure.”

Keystone and its partner, Sodexo, an international company which manages the college’s facilities and dining services, were honored at the black-tie event, attended by numerous local businesses, educational institutions, and other non-profit organizations.    

The SAGE Awards Committee received hundreds of submissions for the Green Practices Award but the Keystone/Sodexo entry was selected for its high score in numerous categories. Several representatives from Keystone and Sodexo attended the reception and awards ceremony.

Keystone College, in conjunction with our partner, Sodexo, is extremely proud to receive the SAGE Green Practices Award from Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce,” said Keystone College President Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr. “At Keystone, we take great pride in having one of the most beautiful campuses in the region and in the state. We strive each and every day to be responsible stewards of our environment and to provide our students with an education that prepares them to become future leaders in the preservation of our natural resources. This is an honor to be shared and valued by the entire Keystone College community.”

Under the leadership of President Boehm, Keystone has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement. In April, 2010, Keystone was named one of the most environmentally responsible institutions of higher learning in the nation by the Princeton Review. 

Keystone College has undertaken a variety of important environmental and sustainability initiatives, many of which are implemented in partnership with Sodexo.  

Recent initiatives include:

In 2007, Keystone became a charter member of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Keystone and other members develop plans to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on campus.

The list above provides a sample of our environmental actions. The reason why we do it is very clear. We have made a promise to protect and preserve our beautiful campus today and for generations to come.

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