Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.34
Liaison John Stolz
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Duquesne University
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Mary Kate Ranii
Program Administrator
Center for Environmental Research & Education (CERE)
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Sustainability Through Dining

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:

Duquesne University is proud to partner with Parkhurst Dining to provide a sustainable dining service. Duquesne's primary dining hall, Hogan Hall, composts 100% of pre and post-consumer materials. Duquesne's catering services composts all pre-consumer materials. Dining Services also works hard to provide vegan and vegetarian options as well as locally sourced products.


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Food & Dining
Waste

Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
OP-2: Sustainable Dining

A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
MBA in Sustainable Business Practices

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:

Ranked 1st in the U.S. and 5th in the world for preparing students to change the world by Corporate Knights, the one-year MBA format integrates multiple dimensions of sustainability in an experiential format. As a student, you will:
Learn how to integrate sustainability in all aspects of business
Develop solutions for organizations with consulting projects
Immerse yourself in global sustainability issues through a study abroad trip
Launch your career and be ready to make a difference

MBA Sustainable Business Practices students and faculty travel internationally to investigate business and sustainability practices from a global perspective. A trip is part of the required Global Economics course that is co-delivered with partnering universities abroad. In recent years, students have traveled to Asia, South America, Central America, the Nordic countries, Central Europe and Central America to investigate global best practices as well as opportunities and challenges in emerging economies.
-2019 Trip to Spain: Focus on the pharmaceutical and chemical industries
-2018 Trip to Peru: Focus on the mining industry
-2017 Trip to Denmark and Estonia: Focus on the digital transformation of sustainability


Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum

Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
AC-4: Graduate Programs

A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
Campus Garden

A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:

During the Summer of 2020, an undergraduate student published her undergraduate thesis titled "Regenerative Landscaping: An Urban Garden for Storm Water Management at Duquesne University." With guidance from a former professor, her thesis developed plans to install an urban vegetable garden just beside the Laval House. In an effort to turn her proposal into reality, the Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) worked with Facilities Management to install raised beds. In addition, two rain barrels, which will provide the water necessary for future crops, were installed along the side of the Laval House. Though the garden will not begin producing vegetables until the spring, cover crops were planted in October to help restore nutrients in the soil. Once this project is completed, the garden will serve as one solution for reducing stormwater runoff on campus. Additionally, the garden will increase biodiversity, improve soil quality in the area, and enhance campus aesthetics. Duquesne will be partnering with Amplify Church and Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh to ensure that yields are donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Those involved would like to thank the Wandrisco Family for providing the funds necessary for the success of this project.


Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Grounds

Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
EN-3: Student Life

A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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