Depaul Named Among Nation’s “Greenest Colleges”

April 21, 2011

For the second year in a row, DePaul University has been named to The Princeton Review’s guide to the nation’s greenest colleges.

“DePaul University has made significant strides toward becoming more environmentally sustainable through green building initiatives, conservation efforts, use of alternative energy sources and academic programs,” according to the profile in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 311 Green Colleges.”

The profile also cited the LEED Gold-certified Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building; several student-sponsored measures to support sustainability; transportation initiatives such as a partnership with the I-GO car-sharing service on campus and participation in the Chicago Transit Authority’s U-Pass program; and DePaul’s environmental science major that provides research opportunities in restoration ecology, wetland science and conservation biology.

“The recognition speaks to DePaul’s long-term commitment to sustainability,” said Scott Kelley, assistant vice president for Vincentian Scholarship and co-chair of DePaul’s Sustainability Initiatives Task Force. He noted that plans for the McGowan Science Building were in the works many years before it opened in 2009, the same year it was honored with the LEED Gold designation.

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the 2011 guide hierarchically. The guidebook, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, is available online at

The distinction from The Princeton Review coincides with DePaul’s Sustainability Initiatives Task Force’s launch this week of a new Sustainability at DePaul website to keep the university community apprised of DePaul’s sustainability efforts.

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DePaul Ranked Nationally for Diversity Leadership

April 11, 2011

DePaul University ranked 19th in Diversity MBA Magazine’s annual “50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers to Work,” released in April.

DePaul improved by two places over last year when it was ranked 21st by the Chicago-based magazine. Organizations are ranked on four areas of representation among people of color and women: retention and inclusion practices; recruitment strategies and developing candidates in the pipeline; a diverse succession plan; and accountability, which includes commitment to diversity by the chief executive and its board of directors; and reward systems for diversity performance.

“DePaul is pleased to once again receive this ranking from Diversity MBA,” said Elizabeth F. Ortiz, DePaul University’s vice president for Institutional Diversity and Equity. “This honor reflects DePaul’s commitment to diversity in practice and is part of our strategic vision of creating a truly diverse institution. We realize we have much more work to do in order to achieve our diversity goals and plan to continue the work we have begun through our strategic planning process.”

Pamela A. McElvane, publisher and CEO of Diversity MBA, said, “It is important to know that the rankings were very competitive this year. To make the list, especially for a university, is a tremendous accomplishment and is a testament to the work DePaul has committed to in the long term.”

The rankings are scheduled to be released in the magazine’s print and online editions on April 25.

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