Cal Poly wins sustainability honor

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comApril 22, 2013 

Cal Poly once again received top honors for promoting energy efficiency and sustainability on campus, according to a news release.

The university won one of four categories presented in the recent California Higher Education Sustainability Conference’s ninth annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards competition.

Cal Poly has won 20 sustainability awards in a variety of categories since the competition was launched in 2005, a university spokesman said.

The newest honor came from the Communicating Sustainability category for the university’s four outreach initiatives: the Biennial Sustainability Report, Cal Poly’s sustainability website and use of characters Mr. Eco and Polly the Polar Bear.

Mr. Eco is a rap superhero created by student intern Brett Edwards who encourages people to consider how their actions affect the environment, according to the university.

Student interns play the role of Polly the Polar Bear as they work to raise awareness about the effects of global climate change on polar bear habitat and populations.

“Cal Poly’s steadfast commitment to sustainability is evident throughout the campus,” Larry Kelley, Cal Poly’s senior vice president for administration and finance, said in a statement.

“Our efforts to communicate our achievements are an essential element of the university’s principles to engage and educate faculty, staff, students and the larger community to achieve lasting change.”

The winners of all categories are eligible for the Sustainability Champion award, slated to be announced at the Best Practice Awards Ceremony at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference hosted by UCSB in June.

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