Baylor sustainability efforts win local Waco award

By Megan Grindstaff

Keep Waco Beautiful awarded the Francis Sturgis “Partners In Pride” Sustainability Award to Baylor for its commitment to conscientious environment practices.

This year, Baylor received the Sustainability Award for multiple campus wide sustainability efforts, including: placing over 700 recycling bins on campus, encouraging waste reduction during move-in week, increasing recycling efforts at football games and tailgating events, implementing a Styrofoam-free rule at Floyd Casey Stadium and on campus, donating leftover dining hall food to people in need and continuing the “Last Out, Lights Out” campaign for energy conservation. While the honor was announced Wednesday, Baylor will officially receive the award at the “Partners in Pride” reception on May 15.

“This recognition speaks to Baylor’s commitment to being a good member of the greater Waco community,” said Smith Getterman, assistant director of sustainability and special projects. “We recognize the importance of being good stewards of Waco’s resources and being a leader in this area.”

Keep Waco Beautiful recognizes groups in the community for their efforts in making Waco more environmentally responsible.

Keep Waco Beautiful Inc. is the local outlet of the non-profits Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. Their mission is to improve the city’s appearance through “litter prevention and cleanup, beautification efforts, environmental education, and recycling events.”

“This really is a reflection of the university’s commitment to the fifth tenet of Pro Futuris: judicious stewardship,” Getterman said.