Sustainability at CWRU: A Timeline

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  • Energy conservation and cost savings measures began


  • Recycling program launched


  • Linda Robson, the first Energy Fellow, was hired to work on sustainability for the Facilities Department; 
  • The Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy & Sustainability (SURES) program launched 


  • Village at 115th, CWRU's first LEED certified building (silver & gold) opened


  • President Snyder signed the ACUPCC, committing the University to climate neutrality by 2050
  • The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) was created 


  • First Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Assessment conducted
  • CWRU began participating in RecycleMania
  • First pervious pavement installation was piloted to keep stormwater on site 


  • The University Farm begins growing and selling food to campus dining services, Bon Appetit
  • First BigBelly solar-powered trash compactors and recycling bins were installed on campus 
  • The wind turbine and first solar panels (Adelbert Gym) were installed 


  • Climate Action Plan published; 
  • First full-time Director of Sustainability hired
  • First temperature settings policy enacted
  • The Garden@Case community garden began 


  • Recycling Manager hired 
  • Second GHG assessment completed  
  • Tomlinson Renovation certified LEED silver 
  • Green your Event certification program launched 


  • First sustainability-themed pre-orientation adventure held


  • First Big Green Event held 
  • CNG-powered farm shuttle bus was purchased 
  • First Orientation at the farm event held
  • Tinkham Veale University Center, certified LEED gold, opened 
  • Wyant Athletics and Wellness Center opened (projecting LEED silver)  
  • CWRU awarded NOACA's Bronze Commuter Choice Award  
  • Assistant Director of Sustainability Position Created 


  • Third GHG assessment completed 
  • think[box] opened (projecting LEED silver) 
  • CWRU competed in Climate Conservation Nations (CCN) for the first time 
  • CWRU awarded NOACA's Gold Commuter Choice and "Most Improved" awards  
  • Green your Lab program launched
  • First 4 Fixit stations installed