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WINTER-SPRING 2014

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W I N T E R / S P R I N G U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 1 3 H A P P E N I N G H E R E Green efforts rewarded UofL's ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability continues to gain attention at both the state and national level. On Sept. 18, the business affairs offi ce accepted the state Energy and Environment Cabinet's Resource Caretaker Award in Lexington, while the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable presented UofL's Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) with a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award in Washington, D.C. The state award praised the university for reducing its energy use by more than $4.6 million per year, reclaiming some 200 acres of brownfi elds, adopting single-stream re- cycling and more. The national award lauded KPPC for helping Kentucky businesses and organiza- tions save money by re- ducing their environmental waste and increasing their effi ciency. Journalist wins Brandeis Medal Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Eugene Robinson will receive the Brandeis Medal on April 9. The award is the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law's highest honor. Campus continues work on 21st Century University initiative Faculty, staff and students have been offering suggestions and committees have been formulating plans as part of the 21st Century University initiative, UofL's effort to prepare itself to lead through the next century. UofL began in fall 2012 by asking employees, students and friends to note their perceptions of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. More than 800 people responded, and their input was used to develop four key areas for committee exploration. They are: • Culture of Excellence • Technology, Demographics, Engagement and International • Academic and Research Priorities • Financial Health The committees' initial f ndings and recommendations were endorsed in July by the Board of Trustees. This fall, the committees reconvened, sought campus input through open forums, and began to form f nal recommendations. A student committee convened to provide more student perspective as the process continues. Provost Shirley Willihnganz will update the Board of Trustees this month. For more information, go to louisville.edu/21stcentury. "Strategic investment and prioritization of resources is critical if we are to become a university of the 21st century" –President Ramsey A worker installs energy- effi cient lighting in the ceiling of the Swain Student Activities Center multipurpose room. U L _ 1 3 1 3 UL_13 13 1 / 2 9 / 1 4 2 : 5 3 P M 1/29/14 2:53 PM

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