Carnegie Community Engagement Classification - 2020

Criteria: The University was awarded the Carnegie Foundation's "Classification for Community Engagement" as a reflection of the institution's commitment to community engagement and to improving community partnerships and initiatives in education, research, clinical care and health improvement. This achievement involves an extensive self-study and reflection on the community engagement practices of the University. Such an acknowledgement corresponds with President Sarah Mangelsdorf’s emphasis on sustaining partnerships with local citizens and organizations to improve the well-being of the Rochester community.

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Sponsored by: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Bicycle Friendly University Silver Award - 2019

Criteria: The University first achieved Bronze recognition in 2015 and has made improvements in the last few years to achieve the Silver status. A new bicycle map makes it easier for cyclists to navigate paths and access resources such as repair stations. Transportation and Parking Management also partnered with Well-U to offer bicycling safety and maintenance classes offered during the peak bicycling months April through November.

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Sponsored by: League of American Bicyclist

STARS Silver Award - 2019

Criteria: Since recognized as a STARS Silver Institution by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in 2016, the University of Rochester and its community has continued to enhance its projects and expand its influence. Some of the newer additions to the university’s 2019 STARS report include the Summer Sustainability Community-Engaged Research program, the Green Reps Program, and Dining Services’ Enviro Pure Systems biodigester installation.

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Sponsored by: The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Green Star Award - 2019

Criteria: The Professional Grounds Management Society acknowledged the Cherry Garden and Arboretum. Averaging nearly 100 inches of snow a year, the Cherry Garden, home to 30 Kwanzan Cherry trees, is a welcome sight to students in Springtime. The University’s arboretum, located on the Genesee River, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and is home to American Beech, Black Gum, Japanese Pagoda Trees, Northern Red Oak, Scarlet Oak, and Dawn Redwood.

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Sponsored by: Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)

Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise Region 2 Award - 2018

Criteria: Partners of the WasteWise program, must show how they reduce waste, practice environmental stewardship, and incorporate sustainable materials management into their waste-handling processes. The University furthers its efforts through programs like Shred Fest, E-Cycle Day, and the Game-Day Recycling Challenge.

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Sponsored by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Gold Award in Sustainable Procurement Practices - 2018

Criteria: Recipients are judged on the globally accepted Triple Bottom Line philosophy of “people, planet, profit.” NACUFS strives to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining while upholding its core values of integrity, inclusiveness, continuous improvement, critical thinking, and responsiveness. The University of Rochester’s Dining Services was honored for their commitment to serving local food in campus dining halls. Through their partnership with Headwater Food Hub, the amount of local food offered in dining operations increased from less than 50% to 62%.

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Sponsored by: National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS)

Tree Campus USA Since 2010

Criteria: Recognizes excellence in campus tree management, as well as student and community involvement across the nation

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Sponsored by: National Arbor Day Foundation

Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award-2015

Criteria: The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. It evaluates the applicant’s efforts to promote bicycling in five areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/ planning.The Department of Transportation and Parking Management is proud to be recognized for their commitment in promoting sustainable travel options for our university community.

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Sponsored by: League of American Bicyclists

APPA Sustainability Award in Facilities Management-2014

Criteria: The Sustainability Award is designed to “recognize and advance sustainability in educational facilities.” There are seven categories in which an institution is judged – Educational Curriculum and Research, Leadership and Administration, Maintenance and Operations, Energy and Utilities, Planning and Construction, Sustainability Indicators, and Sustainability Innovations. The University of Rochester’s facilities and services department was recognized for this award for integrating sustainable policies and practices throughout all areas of our institution.

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Sponsored by: APPA, a higher education facilities management asociation

Platinum Level Sustainability Award-2013

Criteria: The 4th Annual Sustainable Awards is awarded to organizations for their outstanding achievement in implementing programs that provide and promote commuting alternatives for their employees and community. This year's applicants represented more than 60,000 employees with close to 300 different sustainable programs that have been implemented or are being offered at work sites.

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Sponsored by: GVF, a transportation management association

Honor Award University College Category-2013

Criteria: The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has recognized the University of Rochester with its Honor Award in the society's 2013 Green Star Awards competition. The award highlights the work of the University's Horticulture and Grounds Department at the Mount Hope Campus and was given in the University/College category. Winners were honored during the society's October 2013 Awards Dinner in Louisville, Ky.

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Sponsored by: Professional Grounds Management Society

Grand Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities-2013

Criteria: American School & University's Green Cleaning Award recognizes education institutions for their healthy and sustainable approaches to cleaning to protect health without harming the environment.

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Sponsored by: American School & University magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign

Hugh E. Cumming Environmental Quality Award-2011

Criteria: This award is presented to an individual, group or organization that has made a significant contribution to environmental protection, improvement or education in the upstate New York region.

Sponsored by: Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)

WasteWise Gold Achievement Award - Public Education & Outreach-2011

Criteria: This award recognizes a WasteWise Partner for enhancing public awareness of the opportunities for and benefits of waste reduction. Recipients demonstrate achievements in the areas of: scope and frequency of events, creativity of outreach and education efforts, and quantification of impacts, such as amount of waste reduced or number of people educated.

Sponsored by: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environmental Excellence Award-2011

Criteria: Businesses, not-for-profit organizations, governments (local, state, federal), educational institutions and individuals who engage in projects which result in an environmental benefit beyond what could be achieved by using standard techniques or meeting regulatory compliance requirements.

Sponsored by: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Green Star Grand Award- Urban Universities Category-2011

Criteria: An entrant must be professionally engaged in, and responsible for, the maintenance of grounds described in entry CATEGORIES. Projects for which any entry was submitted in a design or construction award competition are eligible in the PGMS Green Star Awards, even if the project won an award, because maintenance is the criterion upon which an entry is judged in this award program. PGMS Award Video

Sponsored by: Professional Grounds Management Society

Environmental Leadership Award- Recycling/Reuse Category-2010

Criteria: Award winners demonstrate a significant commitment to environmental or conservation issues and dedicating resources to a project, process or program that will ultimately have a positive impact on the environment.

Sponsored by: Rochester Business Journal (RBJ)