So the Provost sent out a year end wrap-up. For those of you who don't know, it hasn't been good year for academe, particularly here in Arizona. The income side of the fiscal picture is a disaster. Have the tough questions been asked in response to this unpleasant picture? Of course not. Instead we get the following: "UA is the center of and model of environmental sustainability, both as a facility and in research excellence." In the fall, our UA facility was listed as one of the most environmentally sensitive campuses in the nation in The Sustainable Endowments Institute’s “College Sustainability Report Card 2010.” This citing compliments the National Wildlife Federation’s “Campus Ecology” program that identified our University two years ago as one of six U.S. universities and colleges from more than 1,000 as having exemplary, campus-wide sustainability programs." Whoa! I guess big-time partying is now called "Wildlife". And we are called the Wildcats. Who would have thunk it. We are proud of our institutional innovative projects that minimize the University’s environmental footprint. It is gratifying to see our students are taking charge of their own future by pushing to make the campus and the surrounding community a greener place to study, work and live.
- May 13, 2010