SSU earns award from county BEA
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Sonoma State University's modeling of sound environmental practices in its facilities, operations and teaching of the next generation of environmental leaders has earned it a 2011 Best Practice Award from the Business Environmental Alliance (BEA) of Sonoma County. 

Nominated by the North Bay Leadership Council, SSU was one of 17 organizations and businesses honored at the 10th Annual Business Leaders Breakfast March 11 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. Senior Director for Capital Planning, Design and Construction, Christopher Dinno, accepted the award for the university.  

This recognition applauds the strong commitment to incorporating sustainability into academic programs and operations the university has made over the last decade. 

SSU has reduced average energy use by 55 percent since 1975 and is 33 percent lower than the average CSU campus. 

Its energy portfolio is now 10 percent renewable, and the campus has reduced waste diversion by 58 percent between 2001 and 2007.

In 2010, SSU was proud to be recognized by the Princeton Review Green Guide as one of 286 colleges leading the nation in sustainable practices.

The BEA award notes, "Successes in academic planning, building construction, renovation projects, and energy and resource use practices, and future plans are evidence of a long-term commitment to a sustainable future." 

The BEA works with the Sonoma County business community to help firms reap the economic and community benefits of environmentally sound business practices. 

The Alliance offers free waste, water and energy audits, as well as an "information clearinghouse" of online resources for green rebates and technologies. 

For a complete list of honorees or more information on the BEA and its mission and history, visit

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