(October 3, 2011 )

Contact: Dena Pruett, Centenary External Relations, 318.869.5715

Centenary Deepens Commitment to Sustainability

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College of Louisiana has officially become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a more sustainable world. Through membership in AASHE, Centenary College will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.

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"Our membership in AASHE shows that Centenary intends to take sustainability seriously," said Dr. Jeanne Hamming, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Sustainability LLC. "AASHE offers faculty and administrators an extensive knowledge base to draw on as we think about sustainability, not only from an academic standpoint, but from an institutional standpoint as well."

AASHE enables higher education institutions to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resources, professional development, and a network of peer support. Membership covers every individual at an institution, so the entire campus community can take advantage of member benefits.

AASHE hosts the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a comprehensive campus sustainability rating system that enables institutions to measure their progress and learn from others. With STARS as a roadmap, institutions can select meaningful and appropriate pathways to sustainability while conserving valuable resources, combating global warming, and building healthier communities. AASHE also offers extensive online resources and discussion forums for professional development and sharing knowledge.

Founded in 2005, AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. AASHE is a member-driven, independent 501(c)(3). For more information, visit www.aashe.org.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.

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