Holy Cross Wins Green Award

In September, the Worcester Business Journal announced that Holy Cross had been selected to receive the magazine’s annual Central Massachusetts Green Award, given to area businesses and organizations that have shown dedication to creating a healthier planet. The College and other winners were profiled in a recent issue,  and will be honored at the 2009 Massachusetts Energy Summit at Worcester’s DCU Center on Oct. 15.

WBJ Managing Editor Matthew L. Brown commented that the award committee was impressed with the “comprehensiveness” of Holy Cross’ environmental efforts, which include going trayless in the dining halls, revising the College’s energy conservation policy and investigating the viability of using wind power on campus. Perhaps most significantly, the new Carbon Neutral Plan, submitted as part of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, which Holy Cross President, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S. J., signed in 2007, calls for a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2015 and a long-term goal of climate neutrality by or before 2040. The College has already demonstrated a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions since 2007 with the procurement of a hydro-electric energy source.

Previous Central Massachusetts Green Award winners include Boston Scientific’s Endosurgery Headquarters, which undertook an involved renovation at its facility in Marlborough and received LEED certification in 2008 as a result, and South High School in Worcester, which upgraded a heating/cooling system that will result in 1,380 tons of reduced carbon dioxide emissions over the next 20 years.

For more information about the College’s efforts to go green and stay green, visit holycross.edu/sustainability/