Awards and Recognition
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University
Sustainability Center has been awarded the Operational Excellence Champion Award by the Louisiana Chapter of
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC Louisiana). Director
of the Southeastern Physical Plant Byron Patterson accepted
the award on behalf of his team for its efforts to make the campus as energy efficient as possible.
USGBC is a nonprofit organization that houses Green Business Certification Inc., the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates
within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s
LEED Green Building Rating System. LEED designation is
the international standard for environmentally sound buildings.
The USGBC cited the Southeastern team for implementing energy efficient technologies that are saving energy and money for the university.
The St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
has honored Southeastern Louisiana University with its Environmental Steward Award in recognition of the university's wide-ranging sustainability program.
The award, which recognizes a business that conducts or participates in activities that benefit the environment through its practices and policies, was presented at the organization's 13th annual Business Appreciation Awards luncheon held recently in Covington. It is only the second time the award has been presented.
The university instituted its Sustainability Center several years ago in an attempt to save operating dollars and reduce waste going to landfills while providing a strong learning component for Southeastern students involved in energy, mechanical and construction engineering technology.
"It's an honor to be recognized by our neighboring Chamber of Commerce for our efforts that positively impact the entire north shore region," said Physical Plant Director Byron Patterson, whose staff oversees the Sustainability Center.