Webster University Receives Green Initiative, Centennial Awards from Chamber of Commerce

| February 9, 2015
In addition to helping mitigate the EAB's environmental impact, the rain garden creates opportunities to educate the community on sustainability and native plants.

The Chamber of Commerce presented the Green Initiative Award in recognition of Webster University’s many sustainability efforts, including the Anheuser-Busch Foundation Native Plant Rain Garden outside the East Academic Building.

Webster University was honored with two “Heart of the Community” awards by the Webster Groves/Shrewsbury/Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce at Friday’s annual awards banquet.

President Beth Stroble kicks off the Webster University Centennial celebrations at the Old Post Office Plaza in downtown St. Louis.

The Chamber also presented a Special Recognition Award in honor of Webster’s Centennial, which President Stroble formally kicked off last September with celebrations in downtown St. Louis and Webster Groves.

The University received a Special Recognition Award for its centennial anniversary, as well as a Green Initiative Award for several sustainability initiatives that range from infrastructural investment to curriculum.

The Chamber cited Webster’s 100-year history of innovation and being “cutting edge, a forerunner in offering online courses and growing globally into Asia and Africa. To honor 100 years of changing lives and building strong communities, we recognize Webster University upon the occasion of its Centennial anniversary.

“Webster’s Centennial is an opportunity to pause and remember the forward thinking nature of those who have come before at Webster. It is an opportunity to celebrate how far this institution has come and the kind of institution they have grown into.”

Alumna Elizabeth Robb ’64, chair of the Centennial Committee, accepted the Special Recognition Award on behalf of the University.

“As an alumna from the class of 1964, I can attest to Webster University’s longstanding relationship with the Chamber and the merchants in Webster Groves,” Robb said. “I’ve been in your shoes as a business person and established my own real estate business in 1974. I’m proud to say, it’s still in my family today.

“Webster University is your hometown University. And we hope that you feel welcome on our campus and participate in all the University has to offer – whether it is academic lectures, sporting events, chess or the arts. It really takes all of us working together to build and sustain strong communities and we value your contributions and your recognition this evening. On behalf of all of us at Webster University, thank you.”

Green Initiative Award Recognizes Sustainability Efforts

In introducing the Green Initiative Award and presenting it to President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, past Chamber chair Joe Grimaud cited several initiatives, including the LEED Gold-certified East Academic Building and its accompanying Anheuser-Busch Foundation Native Plant Rain Garden, the EnGo charging stations installed this past year, the solar roofs on six campus buildings, the bioretention pond and Natural Area, recycling and composting measures, and more.

Grimaud added: “They are taking the initiative beyond the Webster University borders with their hosting of an annual sustainability conference for educational institutions, community organizations and others, creation of a student group to focus on lifestyle changes in the area of sustainability, as well as a Sustainability Coalition, composed of students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members, with a goal of supporting leadership in promoting sustainable practices. Additionally, the university designed and implemented a new sustainability minor and special master’s degree for K-12 educators in sustainability education.”

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