The College Recognized as Leader in Sustainable Practices

Published on 15 February 2018

St. Louis College of Pharmacy was among 72 non-profits, institutions and governmental bodies that participated in the 2017 St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Among the 72 participants, the College was recognized at the Leader Level and awarded the Star of Excellence within that level of achievement. This is the third consecutive year that the College has achieved this recognition.

In the last four years, the College has taken great strides to reduce its carbon footprint and encourage sustainable practices at all levels, including:

  • Transitioning to all LED lighting
  • Constructing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings
  • Partnering with Washington University Medical Campus neighbors to share trash and recycling dumpsters to better utilize campus space for more effective recycling efforts
  • Donating over 600 pounds of clothes and food items to MERS Goodwill and Trinity Church food pantry
  • Recycling old café equipment, light fixtures and furniture with Midwest Recycling Center
  • Implementing sustainable dining initiatives with compostable to-go containers

Eric Knoll, Ph.D., vice president of college operations, noted how to the Green Business Challenge inspires the College to consider new sustainable initiatives each year.

“As a third-year participant in the Green Business Challenge, the College has started to look for strategic partnerships within the medical campus to make more of a positive impact on our surrounding neighborhoods,” Knoll said. “We look forward to improving upon our success in 2018, and we hope that our efforts will continue to grow a sustainably-minded community on campus and beyond.”

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