Crimson, Blue, Gray and Green?
Absolutely! Although green is not a part of the official school colors, its presence at LMU is more prevalent than ever.
LMU has a long history of being an environmentally-friendly campus. In the last few decades, diligent efforts have been made to ensure that the university remains on the cutting-edge of ecological trends in areas such as recycling, solid waste reduction and energy and water conservation. Most recently, the university has engaged in other high-visibility initiatives to safeguard the future of the environment beyond LMU.
During the major power crisis this past summer, LMU’s energy alert plan allowed the reduction of power consumption throughout campus in order to maintain a stable power supply for the neighborhood. LMU received the Department of Water and Power Award of Recognition for its effective alert plan. Electric carts, low-flush toilets, front-loading washers and a computerized irrigation system that uses recycled water have become the norm at LMU.
On October 19, 2007, President Robert B. Lawton, S.J. joined more than 400 other colleges and universities by signing the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment. The commitment aims to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
An Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee comprised of students, faculty and staff was created in Spring 2007 to develop innovative ways to further enhance LMU’s green priorities. In January, students from the committee spearheaded a Focus the Nation program to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated from water bottles. Their efforts were part of a nationwide movement to refocus universities as better stewards of the environment.
LMU will continue to take measures to maintain green initiatives at the forefront.